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[Movie Review] The Bling Ring – Shallow and a Waste of Time October 15, 2013


IMDB: 5.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 60%

(Seriously how much money did they spend on buying critics?)

There’s two kinds of movies that can be made from real life events, those that are like Argo, focusing on an event itself, and those that are like Jobs, focusing on the story of a person’s life.

Then there is this movie, focusing on something that nobody cares anymore, and did a terrible job, making no one else to care about it ever again.

This movie felt more like a news broadcast than a movie re-telling the in-depth details of the shocking crimes of a few teenagers.

The entire movie is a huge waste of a good opportunity, it barely focused on the emotions and psychological reasons behind the teens’ actions, or other key things like how teenagers today are heavily influenced by the media and celebrity lifestyles, instead it felt more like a movie to condemn these teenagers’ vain lifestyle and childishness, and also the hypocrisy of Alexis Neisers’ public and open attitude towards the whole issue.

It is a rare case in which I could actually criticize a movie’s technical aspects, such as the way it was shot, the editing, the camera angles…

It’s made every mistake that my camera and editing lecturers told us to never make.

For example, a particular scene shot in the car, with a time-lapse sorta thing of the girl singing and having fun, the editing there was really choppy and in some ways, amateur.

Or other scenes where they just throw google image searches at you without even the slightest effort to make those picture blend into the film.

The acting is terrible, because of this movie, I’m not going to trust Emma Watson’s judgement ever again.

It feels like she’s trying too hard to break away from the Hermione image, and is desperate to try anything that strikes an opposing image to Hermione.

Actually the only actress in the movie who didn’t feel like she just wandered onto the set randomly

Like I have mentioned above, this movie was based on a real event, but after doing a little bit of research, apparently this movie made very little attempt to be true to the story.

After some Googling, I found out that one of their main information provider is a police officer who was in-charge of the case previously.

That is actually… secondary source isn’t it.

After reading Alexis Neisers’ blog, I also found out that they did not bother to interview the one person involved in this incident who is still pretty public.

Most of the members involved have went public and stated that they only found out that people were making this movie through others, which definitely shows that the movie production team did not bother to approach these people at all.

Yes the entire crime itself is stupid, but it’s worst when you want to make a movie of such an event based on stupidity, and take it too seriously, does not try to adjust it a little to make it better, and insist on insulting the people involved in the incident rather than helping them tell their story.

Been a long time since I last gave a movie 1/10.

Yes Emma Watson is hot, but she sure is terrible at picking scripts.

PS: You know a movie is sad when the only name they can present to the people is Emma Watson, and no one else, and all anyone ever talks about this movie is Emma Watson.

 

[Movie Review] Chronicle – The Story of a Broken Soul March 30, 2012


Ratings:

IMDB – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 84% Certified Fresh
My own – 8.0

I watched this a while ago with Jelly, wrote some reviews and are just not satisfied with them. (well once was because my computer’s power source got cut off due to the lightning, it’s still raining outside now and I hope it won’t happen again.)

Anyway, it’s a really interesting movie, maybe because I am ignorant, but this is the first time I see a movie like that.

The story begins with showing how the main character – Andrew, is an outcast who is bullied in school, with family problems that he can do nothing about, the only person who truly cared about him is his mother who is dying, and his father hated him to the core, giving him the worst life possible.

His cousin Matt is a much more popular guy compared to him and didn’t bother much about him other than sending him to school.

It only gets to the real story when Matt and Steve called along Andrew into a cave with extraterrestrial object, and accidentally gained telekinesis power.

This is the first time I see a found footage movie, it’s a whole new experience, especially with an interesting plot like this.

Andrew, being a complicated and broken person, with the most talent in the supernatural power out of the three, becomes the super villain in comic books.

This is what I like about this movie, the main protagonist isn’t a good guy who saves the world, he is the one attempting to destroy the world.

A rather interesting concept in my opinion, because I have seen enough of socially awkward teenagers becoming heroes saving the day giving virgin boys some hope instead of improving on themselves.

Also a good thing about this movie is that, because the holder of the camera have telekinesis powers, he is able to hold the camera in the air(in excuse for another person to hold it), so it doesn’t shakes as much and make your head go dizzy while watching it.

The pace of the movie is good, though not perfect, a little too slow at times, or maybe it could be just me not bearing to see the painful things that happens to Andrew. Some people may think the movie is going to suck around the middle of the movie, or may get bored and just give up on it.

A rare production of Hollywood where most/all things in the movie actually makes sense, instead of being unrealistically idealistic.

The idea of the story isn’t exactly original, teenagers gaining powers, but it is presented in a rather different way than other movies, a way which actually makes you want to watch it without thinking it will just be a stupid story of teenager angst. It’s a combination of a few factors, which are usually presented individually, that is why it makes this movie a lot more special compared to others.

Not just that, because of how realistic the movie is, people can actually relate to it, especially teenagers just like the three main characters. When they first gain powers, how they start toying around with their super powers, playing harmless pranks on people, doing all sorts of crazy things.

Also the part where popularity could mean so much to a teenager, yet it could be so fragile, one moment you’re a super star, next moment everyone laughs at you without you turning your back.

The expression of these key factors of being a teenager is presented really well, to the stage I could even feel for the characters at some parts of the movie, I believe when a movie could do that this movie didn’t fail.

Throughout the movie I felt really sorry for Andrew, I wished for a happy ending, despite knowing it’s almost impossible, and it would have been lame if this movie did have a happy ending.

He’s exactly like the type of villains we see the comic books, with a sorrowful story behind him, forcing him to join the dark side, and despite doing all sorts of evil things, we just can’t hate him. Even after he got defeated by the hero(who in this movie isn’t exactly one), we feel sad for him, because we know deep down inside he isn’t a bad person, not the evil being everyone else thought he was.

The other two supporting characters(I wouldn’t call them main because of how Andrew is really the center of the story), Matt and Steve, on the other hand, are slightly less developed.

All I know of Steve is that he is a popular model student living in a rich family, and Matt who is trying to hook onto a Good Girl Gina.

Despite that they still played a key role of making this movie not just about how Andrew got mad at the world and start killing, they gave us hope, a little bit of joy in a movie meant to be a tragedy. They made friends with the friendless, they tried to help him, they did, but failed in the end anyway because the problem behind Andrew is a lot bigger than it seems.

The movie showed how cruel the world is and an explanation to how some people become someone like Andrew, our coldness towards people may indirectly caused the insanity of a person.

A few things might have made Andrew completely different, such as if the pharmacy gave him the medicine his mother desperately needed, that would have made a dramatic twist to the story.

The ending was a bit too short, I wanted to see more of Andrew’s madness and his destruction of the city.

Why? I admit I am sadistic, but that’s not the main reason.

The thing is I could feel his rage and anger, I could almost feel it personally, and want to destroy the world in his place.

This is how strong the emotions are which the movie brought to me.

I actually think if I were Andrew, or even if I weren’t him and I gained the same power with the same talent, I would have become someone just like him.

Which is why I felt that the destruction and damage he did was too little, before Matt finished him, saving both the city and Andrew himself.

Despite thinking the destruction scenes are too little, I’m actually satisfied with the fact Andrew got killed.

There are no other realistic solution to solve the problem, which is why I say this movie follows closely to the most possible things that could happen if it happens in real life.

I won’t suggest people who can’t take things seriously to watch this movie, because I literally felt my heart rage when I walk out of the movie theatre with some teenagers completely misinterpreted the purpose of this movie, and start judging how stupid it is.

However it’s definitely worth watching if you’re looking for something different from the usually Hollywood commercial movies.

 

 
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