Loaded (1996)





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A group of six British youths must deal with the accidental death of one of their members during a weekend outing in this British drama. The main character is Neil who goes to meet his buddies at a country house to make a film. Included in the group are Rose, his girlfriend, Zita, a strong, young black woman, Giles who is into psychopaths, Lance and his girlfriend Charlotte, and finally Lionel who wants this film to be his calling card into the world of cinema. Things are fine until, after dropping some acid, Neil and Lance accidentally run over Lionel on their way to get cigarettes. The group decides to bury the body in the forest. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Biddy Hodson
as Charlotte
Caleb Lloyd
as Young Neil
Joe Gecks
as Dale Brother on Bike
Bridget Brammall
as Shop Assistant
Tom Welsh
as Skinhead
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Critic Reviews for Loaded

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Loaded (Anna Campion, 1994) Anna Campion is the older sister of Jane Campion. Jane is a noted, and notable, director (Sweetie, The Piano, etc.). Anna directed only a single feature film, 1994's Bloody Weekend, re-released under the name Loaded. It would be, for many reasons and not all of them related to the respective genres the two sisters worked in, ridiculous to compare this film to anything Jane Campion ever did. But that comparison, wanted and warranted or not, hangs over Loaded at every turn, and I cannot claim that it did not color my judgment here. Your mileage, as always, may vary—though judging by the film's 4.7 IMDB rating (as of March 2014) and woeful score at Rotten Tomatoes (they do not do percentages until a certain threshold of review has been reached, but the movie has no fresh reviews and four rotten ones as of this writing), it probably won't. Plot: Seven young-and-beautifuls (whose ranks include Thandie Newton, Catherine MacCormack, Oliver Milburn, and a couple of other faces you are likely to recognize twenty years later) head off into the British countryside to make a movie. It is ambitious, well-meaning, and impossibly bad. Things start off all right, but tempers start fraying for various real and imagined slights. Then someone breaks out the LSD. I have read at least one review of this film expressing confusion at where the title came from. I'm not sure how that's possible, considering that my biggest problem with this movie, as it is with so many movies of this stripe, is that Campion, who also wrote, uses drugs as a plot device. For me, that's pretty much instant failure in a screenplay. The movie was already headed downhill, and it felt (as it so often does) like the writer used it as a desperation move. That it immediately transforms the movie into a morality play is a given, and from there the outcome is assured. Predictability, however, is only the surface symptom of the disease that riddles the script—it didn't know where it was going. Some decent acting by the cast, but they didn't have anything worth acting to work with. **

Robert Beveridge
Robert Beveridge

Between a 4/10 and 5/10, Campion might have taken the same plot and used it successfully to study individual aberrance. But as it stands, "Loaded" is a well-intentioned, self-important mess.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Another movie that has no purpose being on a horror compilation DVD of with a theme of Hatchets and Cleavers. Just because these teens are filming a horror movie (with the worst plot and effects ever) within the movie does not make it a horror movie. This is a study in group dynamics and peer pressure filled with existential mumbo jumbo and rationalization of criminal behavior. It is crap, even with a young Thandie Newton participating.

Don Schick
Don Schick

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