The River > The River Review: Does Emmet Cole Play With Dolls? > Comments Page 2
Anyone else bothered by the censoring? Did they really have to bleep the words AND blur the mouths of the character swearing? This killed the mood for me and went downhill from there. Just an awful, awful show. Anyone who enjoyed it must watch a lot of crap TV.
It was freaking AWESOME! I can't wait for next week. I too want to know why the bear was rejected. I thought maybe because once Lincoln took it back because it was in fact his that the little girl spirit was basically throwing a fit - if you have ever been around a kid, you take something of theirs, they get mad, so you try to give it back but they are mad so they throw it at you, or just drop it and refuse to take it. As for the mark - I was like HOLY COW! But where did she get it. I can't wait to see what they will come up with next week, and I will have to say, that whole doll thing was sooooo creepy - it was GREAT!
I watch the first 20 minutes, then got bored with the whole show. I do not like the main characters nor do I like the "real filming" of the show. I for one will not watch another time.
I was too squeamish to watch "The River," but I was hoping it would be well-accepted by others, because Bruce Greenwood (Emmet Cole) is a great, overlooked actor. He was the star of "Nowhere Man," which lasted 6 months, years ago, on a channel other than network that I don't remember, and I've admired him ever since. Hope he finally gets the recognition he deserves.
I also agree the camera work is distracting and detracts from
the story. I think this show needs some changes to the writing to make it better. Not too sure who the cast is. Maybe more known folks. How about the guy from Lost Sawyer(he lives in HI) as one of the new cast? I've see the mom and dad in several things and they are good actors.
I thought it was a pretty good show to listen to. I could not watch it with the jerky camera motion. I hope they break away from that otherwise I am going to be tuning out and picking up a good book which is something I should have done in the first place.
I enjoyed the show and will give it more time to develop the characters.
Dolls are not scary. They are pieces of plastic. Why not be afraid of shoes or paper plates?
The cinematography and "film crew" conceit sucks. It was old years ago. It's geriatric now.
Frankly this is paranormal Activity in the jungle. All the ghosts seem capable of is dragging people. They drag them up and down, left and right, forward and back... yawn.
Halfway through episode one we stopped watching. We kept it on for BG noise as we hung out but no one is tuning in next week. This is 8 and out.
The beginning was interesting and well-paced. When it turned into a horror movie, they lost me. Forever.
I have to agree about the filming technique; it was very distracting and I hope that it changes. Stop trying to be cute with the camera and just film it straight; it’s not the Blair Witch or Paranormal Activity.
I can appreciate the moments that were intended to be scary, but I don’t think they reached the level of scariness to sustain the show. All though the mystique of the Amazon is pretty cool.
And what’s with these corny interview clips where a character says an expletive and it gets bleeped and distorted out. It’s like…’ooo look at us, we said a bad word and it got bleeped out, aren’t we cool? Aren’t we hip?’ Lost didn’t have to reach to those lows and it was a great show. I’ll probably give it one more view to see if it gets interesting or if the characters actually develop into some thing likable.
This show sucked from the first minute. I don't care about the cast. I was SO sick of the son wanting to first, not go looking for his father and then wanting to leave and go back home once they were there. I actually said to my boyfriend, "What does this guy not give a shit about his dad" He was ready to leave even after they found that door on the boat had been welded shut! Their so-called scary sounds from the boat didn't scare ANYONE and when the blonde girl was thrown into the other room by whatever that was? I actually felt like I was watching a spoof horror movie. It was all poorly done. I left the room after the first hour. I know a good show when I see one. LOST was a fantastic example. Always messing with your mind & connecting things that happened on one season to something from another. LOST had REAL depth and characters that were all flawed but that you actually cared to find out more about. I would give The River 0 stars if I could. Nice try but I will not be watching
Liked the story and the actors but the photography was distracting (many home movies are not as jerky). Please just use normal photography. Otherwise I'll have to stock up in Dramamine or quit watching.
Show was great, don't listen to the uptight criticism people so arrogantly spew. This is an abc show, the freedom networks like hbo and starz have isn't there but the writers do a great job of doing everything they can get away with. Stop comparing it to lost because it is in fact a different show with different motives. Instead of looking for the next best show, enjoy another good jungle horror series. Remember people, everything has already been done before so you're never going to get anything "original" again, despite what your two year art degree tells you...
I was very disappointed with this show...I gave up after the first hour...It was hokey. I wasn't scared I was bored. I didn't care about any of the cast either. I can't believe anyone has compared it to Lost which was totally captivating from the very beginning.
I agree the camera work was very annoying. I couldn't get into the show, turned it off half way through.
The people that make movies for theatres have to be smiling more and more since tv keeps coming up with reasons not to watch tv. This show is a prime example. I was so hoping it would be a believable adventure show. Instead we get another Lost wannabe which this is not. Even Lost did itself in with stupid stunts and dragging out storyline. Thanks but no thanks.
While not technically a "found" footage show, The River is shot in that style, and not being a huge fan of found footage horror films (I think that, in general, they rely too much on jumps and screams than plot, and they just don't scare me), I was skeptical. But after watching the first two episodes, I'm definitely interested. If The River can keep up this pattern of Monster of The Week episodes nestled inside the larger story arc of the search for Emmet, I think it could actually work. I'm also not in love with the shaky cam, but it feels so different than anything else on TV that I can overlook it. Looking forward to next week's review!
Turned off after first hour, too confusing & jerky.
I turned it off after one hour. Boring. Maybe I should have watched it to the end, but it was tedious. Did not hold my interest.
Maybe I am showing my age, but the camera work, ruined the show for me. I much prefer, an old fashioned TV show. I just don't get the appeal.
Poor cast. Don't like the wife and her crazy eyes. The son is forgettable as is the rest.of throw away cast. Camera needs to slow down and the story seems made up as it goes. Too bad really was looking for a LOST replacement,
I was less than impressed. About half way through I was about ready to turn it over to PBS. Roaring in the jungle with swaying trees? Running, screaming in the jungle in the middle of the night and going around in circles with dolls hanging from trees? Please...c'mon...I've already seen LOST and the Blair Witch Project for this to even have an ounce of originality.
Camera work ruins it.
I liked this concept, it isn't exatly new but it is to the tv format. Also I also like how when they curse it is bleeped so the conversation feels more real.
A lot of the camera work is actually done by the actor who is the camera man. Give it a chance. He's kind of learning as we do!
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