Fierce People Reviews
What a pleasant surprise! This was a really quirky little low budget film - highly original and dealt with a topic I have never seen dealt with in a movie before (I won't say what and spoil it). You see this particular situation in movies with girls all the time, but not boys. It was very well done. This was really a unique film in that it is funny and serious and sad and surreal all at the same time. I have never seen anything else like it.
Anton Yelchin is very good here, as is Kristin in a smaller role.
Definitely one to check out if you like unusual films!
The movie surrounds Finn (Yelchin) who has to stay home from a South American summer vacation where he was to meet his anthropologist/explorer father for the first time. This is after he is caught with cocaine for his drug addicted and alcoholic mother (Lane), and circumstances have them staying in a guest house at the wealthy sprawling NJ estate of businessman Osborne (Sutherland). While there he falls in love with the billionaire's granddaughter (Stewart), becomes friends with his grandson (Evans), and a number of other sometimes rich and sometimes off-kilter characters.
There are dark themes and serious contexts (wealth/class issues, human nature issues) present throughout, with spats of dark humour the first half of the film. The second half hits you like a brick wall, and was one of the most shocking and unexpected turns I've enountered in any film, and all but completely abandons the lighter side and humour found in the first hour.
I always wondered where Yelchin came from, and now I know. This is clearly his break,and the same could be said about Chris Evans and even Kristen Stewart (although this came shortly after Speak). Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, and Elizabeth Perkins seem to take a backseat to Yelchin and the younger cast, but bring a lot of depth to their roles and the film.
This movie is a perfect reason not to trust critics and to go with your gut. It's been so long since I've uncovered a movie like this, and given it was out so long without me seeing it, it makes me want to dig around and see what else I'm missing.
Had the message been anything beyond 'rich people are awful' I might have felt like it had more going for it, but as it stands it squandered any good will with a fairly predictable 'twist' that plays into the background of the boy's father.
Possibly worth a look for Diane Lane or Kristen Stewart completists.
twisted and meditative,high society is
portrayed in a tapestry woven darkly;filled with plot twists,it satisfied,it surprised.
this film was twisted and absorbing.
Contrasting the mores of high society with the blunt savagery of primitive tribes, "Fierce People" takes an inside look at the upper classes and their strange ticks and dark self -destructive , destructive practices.
i wonder if high society is all this fucked up....?
i,ve loved anton yelchin ever since i watched hearts in atlantis, he's really talented.
i love how this film depicts a boy(Sixteen-year-old Finn) learning the hard truth about life and finding himself along the way.
the cast was fabolous(donald sutherland is so amazing, he just steps in front of the camera and gives a great performance every time).
kristen stewart was very cute in this movie...
chris evans is a funny actor, creepy to, but funny.