Malignant was released in U.S. theaters and on HBO Max on Sept. 10, 2021. It currently holds a 78% on Rotten Tomatoes, with 63 reviews from critics. The film is yet another venture into horror from the brilliant James Wan, but did it live up to his previous works?
Malignant follows Madison, who is petrified when she realizes that she is having visions of murders… as they are happening. Her horrors rapidly come to life as she learns more about her past and has to stand up to the terrifying reality that stands in front of her.
Malignant is an absolute GORE FEST. Right from the opening scene, there is a lot of blood and terrifying moments. The tension is at very high levels at the start and it never really goes down.
Along with the huge amounts of violence and gore, there are also some amazing visuals, utilizing some great elements of cinematography and creative transitions. This included some incredibly unique and innovative ways of immersing Madison into the world of the killings that she was witnessing.
Moving into the second half of the movie, there were some outstanding action sequences. I don’t want to spoil any elements of this film, as I think you should go in absolutely blind, but I will just say that these fight scenes were very… exceptional and strange at the same time.
As I previously mentioned, the tension remains high throughout the entirety of Malignant. I thought the pacing was almost perfect, as I never really felt the film dragging on and I was intrigued the whole time.
Overall, I believe that this was just a really unique concept that was executed very well.
In Malignant, there are some lapses in reality that you will simply need to accept in order to enjoy the film. The third act really goes bonkers and that may not work well for some viewers.
The CGI wasn’t the greatest at times as well, yet it still got the job done. There were some instances, though, that were almost unintentionally funny to me because of the oddness of the CGI.
Overall, I thought that Malignant featured a very creative concept and it was executed quite well.
There were some “cheesy” moments, but they were cancelled out with the constant moments of tension that were being thrown at the audience non-stop.
In the end, if you have enjoyed Wan’s previous works, I see no reason why you won’t enjoy this film. It’s a complete gore fest, with blood being shed every couple of minutes and has a true moments of horror and terror throughout.
Rating: 8 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness!
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