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Monday, March 28, 2011

[8.50/10] Los ojos de Julia a.k.a. Julia's Eyes (2010)


Los ojos de Julia

a.k.a.


Julia's Eyes (2010)

Brief review: With Guillermo del Toro attached as a producer, you could always expect something original and different, and "Los Ojos de Julia" is no exception. Guillem Morales' second full-length feature is a prime example of the mystery/thriller done right - an unpredictable film full of countless twists and turns, that will astound you with its cleverness, keep you guessing throughout along with the main character, and have you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning to the very end. Yes, it's that good. "Julia's Eyes" not only dazzles with its intriguing plot and the highly effective build of suspense, but it's also a technically brilliant movie. The film's flawless pacing is nicely accompanied by Vilaseca's smooth editing, and as a result, it never feels tedious or too long, despite its 112 min running time. Morales' direction is surprisingly slick and precise, the visuals are stylish, and the sharp, yet dim cinematography is as atmospheric, as it's eye-candy. Belén Rueda, known for her role in "The Orphanage" delivers yet another bravura performance as Julia - a beautiful middle-aged woman, determined to unveil the mystery behind the death of her twin sister, despite she's starting to lose her eyesight because of a terrible inherited disease.


Overall summary: Consistently tense, refreshingly unpredictable and utterly engrossing, "Julia's Eyes" certainly ranks as one of the most polished and skillfully-executed horror thrillers in recent history. Definitely one of 2010's most pleasant cinematic surprises!

12 comments:

Melissa Bradley said...

I have to see this. I saw Belen in The Orphange and she was great. This sounds like a truly fantastic film.

Nebular said...

Mel, dear, I watched it last night and it preatty much blew me away. Didn't expect that at all. It was super-tense and super-gripping! Belen was great in "El Orfanato", but she's even better in this one. Give it a shot and let me know what you think of it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll have to look for this one!

Nebular said...

Alex, you should. It was superb.

Wida said...

I must see this now! Sounds great.


Wida
Missing Amsie Blog

Nebular said...

Hey Wida, and welcome to CineMarvellous! You should check it out, it's a great film indeed.

WOW! Your blog is truly awesome - you look amazing, and you seem like a real fashionista :) I already became a follower ;)

Nicole✗✗ said...

This film sounds amazing!! I really must see this I am dying to watch a GOOD horror thriller!! It sadly seems rare these days.

Thank you for your lovely comment. That thing was surprisingly good. I guess you can't go wrong with egg and cheese. Wish I could make ya' one but I'm sure by the time it would get to you it would be, well, disgusting. haha.

Nebular said...

Hey, Nicole ;) Babe, if you liked "The Orphanage", you're gonna LOVE "Julia's eyes". It was so intense, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, which is always a good sign ;)

You're welcome ;) Those sandwiches looked really good. Oh, thanks.. it so lovely when someone wants to cook for you, especially when this someone is a hot chick :)

fashioneggpplant said...

i gotta look for this movie!!!

Nebular said...

Ms. Eggplant, you definitely should! ;) Oh, and let me say you look adorable :) Welcome to CM!

Torrente said...

To lower very high expectations, I must say that while the movie is good, it's not that great because the last 30 minutes are so ordinary, so average, full of melodrama, it just didn't work for me. At least the first half keep me on the edge of my seat, 6.5 from me.

Nebular said...

Torrente, sorry to say that, but I completely disagree with you. The was absolutely nothing melodramatic about "Julia's Eyes", especially in the last 30 minutes. Yes, the ending was too 'dreamy', but other than that, I can say it was one of the most intense and gripping films of 2010. 6.5 is a bit too low rating, be more generous :)