Mine Games - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Mine Games Reviews

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November 3, 2014
confusing and not scary
October 28, 2014
The cast does a fine job and the plot is decent but not the most well-executed.
October 24, 2014
Psychological supernatural thriller that still has me thinking
October 22, 2014
I knew nothing about this movie when I started watching it. I went into it expecting a haunted mine or some weird mine demon. But it was something very different and much better. I don't want to give too much away, but let's just say it's not your traditional ghost story...or even a ghost story. It's a about madness and the ruthlessness of fate.

This isn't the best movie you'll ever see. It has problems. But the idea is good. The acting is pretty decent. And it was interesting and enjoyable.
October 17, 2014
so this had a decent premise for the movie but it was just poorly executed. The beginning was all cliche and then they mixed the movie Shrooms in which I just scoffed at to begin with since that was a really good movie. but by the time everything starts coming into full swing it's confusing and there are some moments of clarity that make you go "ahhhh" but over all it falls short of being anything memerable.
August 22, 2014
"Mine Games" creates a strong story that manages to be chilling and intense. There is no lag in the time span from when the film starts to when the action begins. The film isn't an all out high production thrill ride but it maintains a steady, entertaining pace filled with creepiness, and excitement. The style is pretty standard as far as horror direction and character definition but the unique blended nature, adding time/space situation on top of mythology, keeps the "cabin in the woods" set-up from being cliché or boring. "Mine Games" offers a more cerebral nightmare that never looses total cohesion.

The cast deliver pretty believable characters, they are stereotypes scene in horror, however Gray and the writers give enough material to allow the characters feel authentic, convincing, and relatable. The acting never becomes stale or over-drawn. A lot of horror films either play up the clichés until they look clownish or create characters that not even fiction could make believable as friends. "Mine Games" keeps the relationships and social dynamics even keeled enough to make, both the group, as college friends, and the individual interactions seem plausible.

The special effects utilized in "Mine Games" are tight. There isn't an exploitative nature to the gore or deaths, but what is scene on film comes across realistic looking. The shadowy nature and fact that almost all of the scenes are in nearly dark areas, or at night, gives the film most of it's spooky quality. The cinematography hearkens back to more traditional methods of straight cam shots, light inflections and natural third person views. With all the gimmicky, modern methods of handhelds, shaky cam shots, or first person view points, it is nice to see some aspects of classic horror story telling style still used. Not that I have a problem with fresh, innovative filming techniques like first person POV or found-footage.

Overall "Mine Games" gives us a great nightmare scenario that is well executed. The story is creepy, creative and cerebral. It will not appeal to all horror fans, and there is plenty to get the intellectuals stirred up, with the whole time/space-Ouroboros aspects of the story. Personally I spent a lot of the film wondering what exactly was the real deal happening- was it a "Soul Survivors" situation or was it a take similar to "Triangle". Once I caught up with the true nature of the hell these guys were dealing with I was still compelled to the story. It does weaken a bit toward the end after the big reveal. Not much though, and the time until the ending-when it all becomes clear- isn't all that long, so "Mine Games" works pretty much from start to finish.
April 15, 2014
O filme vai na linha dos magníficos Triangle e Primer, mas é um exercício de como destruir um tema. O diretor perde tempo demais com a apresentação de jovens estúpidos com as quais ninguém se importa e um roteiro bobo que tenta criar um paradoxo temporal que até poderia ser interessante, mas sucumbe diante de tantos fatores negativos e da pobreza do enredo. O anúncio o tempo insistente de que se trata de um ciclo também (e os personagens insistirem em se comportar de forma a mantê-lo mesmo sabendo dos eventos) é difícil demais de aturar. A bobagem é tão grande que em certo ponto do filme você chega a pensar em porque eles simplesmente não trocaram a camisa. Melhor fugir desse.
March 3, 2014
Maybe the best thing about the film is it's play on words title. This one does mess with the mind, but perhaps too much given the time loops that exist in the plot and the ambiguity of it all. Style wise it's not bad for a low-budget movie and the acting is fair.
½ February 12, 2014
A good suspense thriller that really makes you think. The first three quarters of the movie are really good and excellently written, but the plot does wane towards the end with slight urge to wrap all the loose ends. In terms of length I think it could have done with being about 10 minutes longer. Overall not a classic but worth a watch.
½ February 9, 2014
A very weird film which sees a group of friends go away for the weekend. All seems to be going well until they go down an abandoned mine and suddenly things change and the film gets weird. One by one they end up dying trying to figure out how and why
February 8, 2014
The characters arent a good blend but enjoyed the film anyway, nicely written
February 7, 2014
Dull horror thriller. Young adults discover their own dead bodies in an old mine and try to change the future..
½ February 6, 2014
This is a fucking brutal movie with a stupid storyline and really fucking atrocious acting. They call it a sci fi time travelling thriller when in fact it is really just a load of fucking nonsense and looks like it cost nothing to make.. The fact that these fucking eejits keep going into this abandoned mine like they are yo-yos is so stupid. Who goes into a abandoned mine?? Who is fucking stupid enough to go into a mine then get lost in there then think that there is something weird in there with them, then finally find a way out of the mine and then GO BACK into the fucking mine AGAIN .....AND AGAIN... AND AGAIN These fucking morons must go into the mine like 5/6 times. I dont know anyone over the age of 14/15 who would stupid enough to even go in to a abandoned mine even once.. Most people know to avoid abandoned mines ... I kept waiting for this movie to not be terrible and then it ended. I wish I had a time machine so I could go back and tell myself not to fucking watch this. Really really bad movie. Bad to the point of laughable at times. That girl Rose may be a babe but her acting is a shambles. Off the wall stuff. Ghost of Mars may suck donkey balls but at least they tried. Do yourself a favour and dont watch this. Just staring at the wall for a hour and a half would be more entertaining and make more sense.
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