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dot the i starts out as a standard love triangle, but last minute revelations turn the movie into a gimmick.
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As much as it tries to be a smart, postmodern indie film, dot the i is pure Hollywood fluff.
Parkhill tries to keep new blood pulsing through the film, but the movie stalls by its third act, where he plays a trick that seems more desperate than fresh.
Take a long, hard look at Parkhill's film, and you'll find too many i's undotted.
While stylishly done, Parkhill's script isn't nearly as clever as he thinks it is, and the sucker punch near the end lacks, well, punch.
Dot the I doesn't suffer from a lack of skill. Rather it becomes a lesson in the pitfalls of moviemaking that runs on cleverness and too little else.
It plays like the last paragraph of one of those Encyclopedia Brown stories, where the solution is an unknown twin brother or the wrong-sized footprint.
You watch the screen in disbelief and amazement that any aspiring auteur could so willfully undermine his own project this way.
...benefits greatly from the inclusion of a thoroughly unpredictable third-act twist...
Dot the I is okay-ish until it drops one of those Sixth Sense-style plot twists which negates everything that has gone before it into audiences' laps . . .
The term 'terrible' not only describes what happens to the characters, it also describes the brain-numbing sensation of having to sit through this movie.
The movie stops being about [its characters] - and starts being about the ways writer-director Matthew Parkhill can screw with your head.
So in love with its own inventions and convolutions that it ignores all plausibility and audience acceptance.
Starts off predictably, then gets interesting towards the end but only slightly interesting. Worth the worth for Gael Garcia Bernal..but that's about it.
In general, to avoid "spoiler reviews," I try to spend most of my time talking specifically about act one and talk in generalities about acts two and three. Act one of Dot the I sucks. We get relatively uninteresting characters, and it is obvious that the film is trying to set up a thriller plot-line, but we're never given any real clues to build the suspense.
Acts two and three rock! The thriller plot-line manifests and turns this film into a brutal version of The Shape of Things. I especially liked the satire of the independent film industry, and that's about all I can say without spoiling the prestige.
Verbeke is a beautiful, doe-eyed innocent with a flash of the bad girl here and there; she makes for an alluring screen presence, but I don't see much depth in her performance. D'Arcy is fantastic in acts two and three, but he's as boring as the film in act one. In the few Bernal films I've seen, he does a Mexican imitation of Jim Carrey and Zach Braff, but he is able to keep that annoying side of his acting under control for most of Dot the I.
Overall, if it were possible to skip the first forty-five minutes and still understand the film, I'd suggest it.
This is a big champagne budget movie done on a beer budget. Seeing how the story is told with what appears to be several beginners at the helm made it even more fun and bordered on artistic for me! It was an enjoyable movie to pass some time watching.
Dull and dumb
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