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The guy fancies himself a hero, when in reality he's the person constantly thinking of witty comebacks after the fact.
A creepy and deliberately paced thriller that is effective in its unpleasantness ...
Helmer-writer Charles de Lauzirika's accomplished debut feature is too funny and self-aware to be disturbing, but it's certainly memorable.
The back-and-forth keeps the movie interesting, requiring the viewer to pay attention to the details while being cathartically entertained by Aiden's responses.
A weak script, full of stupid people doing stupid things.
There may be a really good film in here if the excess is removed so the character study of these damaged souls can be more closely examined.
Psycho film noir in the crumbling inner city has the right idea but lacks depth.
A tedious bore from start to finish...
An artful if overlong howl of urban lamentation that puts an intriguingly melancholic top-spin on notions of vigilantism.
[The actors are] all undermined by not just the clichéd story but director/co-writer Charles de Lauzirika's misguided tone, which veers from straight-up impotent fury to a clunky humor that's just not funny in the story's overall context.
For those of you expecting a rousing tale of vigilante justice and psychological thrills, you'll sadly be craving a completely different film once you realize the one you're watching has a strong grasp on neither aspect.
Crave is nothing but empty movie-shout-out posturing.
What we crave is a better movie! The previews set this thing up to look like a film version of Dexter, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The story follows a crime scene photographer who had enough of the injustice of the world and the horrible things he sees. He fantasizes about become a vigilantly and doing the things the police can't do, but there's a problem. He doesn't have any balls. The story presented in the previews and on the back of the box is just a description of the back story. The actual film centers around a love story, that doesn't exist. Photographer Aiden (Josh Lawson) is having sex with his neighbor Virginia (Emma Lung) who is half his age. Aiden believes he's fallen in love and obsesses over Virginia, but all she sees him as is a friend with benefits. Josh Lawson stars and he was actually pretty good, but what's the point of being good in a film that doesn't make any sense. Lines come out of nowhere and entire scenes occur that leave the audience wondering if it's really happening or just another of Aiden's fantasies. Perhaps, the worst part of this film is the narration. While Lawson does give a good performance, his character narrates his thoughts throughout the film, a jumbled mess of ridiculousness that gets old by the 30 minute mark. While there are a couple of interesting scenes, a solid performance by the lead, and one of my favorite actors, Edward Furlong, Crave is just one big mess of confusion that is most definitely not worth your time.
A crime-scene photographer romances a younger woman in his apartment building, while suffering delusions and fantasies about becoming a vigilante. This movie is trying so hard to be like its big brother TAXI DRIVER that it hurts to watch at times; it has a certain grotty charm and good performances, but needed a huge wallop of subtlety.
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