Saturday, December 26, 2015

ASMODEXIA

Asmodexia Movie Review

About five thousand years ago the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar (or Mayan calendar, if you will) was created, with an end date around December 21, 2012. With this in mind, half the world went mad believing this predicted the end of the world--others did things such as post the music video to R.E.M.'s It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) on their Facebook page, but we're not naming names here. Needless to say, December 21, 2012 came and went with nothing of great note happening. This is all a true story, and also the background of sorts to our movie, Asmodexia, which proves less interesting and even more uneventful than the real life dooms day. This movie is a whole lot of...

this...

...a good bit of...


this...

...and, to keep things mildly entertaining, they throw in some of...

...this.

Yes, the pictures really are worth a thousand words here--an old priest and his granddaughter walk around Spain performing exorcisms for the few days leading up to December 21, 2012, leading to the day of reckoning and a twist ending that is only somewhat interesting, and almost completely without explanation. The acting is quite bad, with the possible exception of Claudia Pons as Alba, the aforementioned granddaughter--of course it could be argued that her performance only stands out because all the rest were just that bad. What the movie lacks in story, performance, and delivery, however, it makes up for somewhat in the atmosphere it manages to create and wonderful cinematography. The music also shines here and compliments the imagery nicely. Also, if it matters to you, this movie is in European Spanish with English subtitles, and, for reasons I could not resolve, was also closed captioned--it really takes away some of the enjoyment of the music when you see descriptions of it on the screen, but at the same times makes you appreciate your ability to hear it in the first place, so, well, there you go. Asmodexia is not the worst exorcism movie you will ever see, but I feel pretty safe in predicting nobody will claim it to be the best either.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 4

Asmodexia Movie Trailer

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