Movie Review: My Bloody Valentine (2009)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2009 slasher movie starring Jensen Ackles and Jaime King.

Synopsis: A year after surviving a coal mining accident that left him and 5 other miners trapped, Harry Warden, already guilty of killing the other five in an effort to save himself, wakes from his coma and goes on a killing spree. He is stopped but, on the 10th anniversary of his slayings, more people are murdered in a similar fashion. With Warden presumed dead, suspicions begin to fall on Tom Hanniger, the son of the mine's owner and the man who caused the accident that trapped Warden and the other miners.

Review

My wife is a big Jensen Ackles fan so, when I came across this film on one of our movie channels the other day, I decided to record it for her. We've seen it before, a few years ago, but didn't remember much about it. And, as it turns out, it was a pretty decent choice when we finally got around to watching it last night.

The thing that really surprised me about this movie was the fact it wasn't as predictable as I thought it would be. I figured, especially having seen it some time ago, it wouldn't be too difficult to figure out who the killer was.

But, even though I did, ultimately guess at the answer, the film did a great job of creating doubt about my original theory. I wasn't sure if Harry Warden (Walters) had returned from the grave, if Hannigan (Ackles) was secretly killing people with no apparently motive or if one of the many other potential suspects was donning the gas mask and pickax.

Another thing I liked about this movie was the way the action started happening right away. I've seen way too many movies in this genre that took forever to get started and, because of that, I'm usually kind of bored by the time the action starts.

This movie did not make that mistake. The killing starts right away and, other than a few pauses to fill us in on some of the back story, continues from start to finish. In other words, we were introduced to the characters enough to care whether they lived or died but the writers remembered to stay focused on the reason we were watching this film to begin with.

Final Opinion

The movie is a bit gory and probably isn't a film that would be right for everyone as a result of that. However, overall, it's a fun film to watch and my wife and I did find we enjoyed every minute of it. I would recommend it as a result of that.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 11/08/2015, StevenHelmer
 
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