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It's a story where, perhaps, there's enough guilt to go around. But the credit for telling it goes completely to a bright young talent.
Blame crackles with fires within fires.
Shephard has a lively eye for the neurotic ripples of high-school society, but her most audacious gambit is to dare to place the audience in a grey zone between innocence and judgment ...
It's a deliberate film, and a brilliantly constructed one as well. We definitely haven't heard the last of Quinn Shephard.
"Blame" is earnest but underdeveloped. At the same time, it's overdetermined and often overplayed.
It's impressive enough that 22-year-old Quinn Shephard wrote, directed, produced, edited and stars in the high-school melodrama "Blame." It's almost a bonus that the movie's good.
Blame looks good, that's for sure, but it lacks a spark to really be an engaging movie.
Quinn Shephard just about does it all and proves to be a revelation.
It's a shame because as moving wallpaper to put on during a party Blame! would be great, but as a story that's going to keep you engaged and awake, it fails on every narrative level.
Quinn Shephard's Blame utilizes The Crucible in an inventive way, focusing on high school dynamics and the angst that comes with finding one's identity early in life while also avoiding the cliches that typically come with that subject.
A lot of what doesn't fully work in Blame can be attributed to the fact it's a first time screenplay from a young talent - and talented she is. The movie will put a new set of eyes on Shephard, creating a calling card for future projects.
I love the way Blame captures the kaleidoscopic emotional experience of being a teenage girl, one moment ecstatic and exuberant, the next dreamy and dark, the next angry and despairing.
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