Free Will (2006)
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Critic Reviews for Free Will
Amazingly conceived and deeply upsetting... Jürgen Vogel gives the bravest and most challenging performance I've seen so far this year.
Audience Reviews for Free Will
This movie deals with a very touchy subject, among other things, of course, so there's that disturbing quality inherent to a story about a rapist. Of course, for a big portion of the movie he's technically "reformed." Or struggling to be. Luckily, the scenes in which he commits the horrible acts weren't as explicit as I thought they would be, and they weren't gratuitous. It's one thing to make a movie centered around this, but it's another to use it for shock value, which this one certainly does not. For me, though, the part that drew me in was the relationship between him and Nettie. It's where he temporarily finds redemption, even if in the end it isn't enough to dispel the rage he had, which was probably the most depressing aspect of the movie. By the point Nettie tells him she loves him, saying how good it feels to look him in the eye and say it, I believed that there was actually a chance of redemption for this man, that love would be enough to keep him away from that disturbing rage that leads him to do such horrible things. But, unfortunately, it wasn't. Some have said this movie is predictable and I think it may be, but for me, I guess I really am a romantic and was expecting some sort of absolution. Not so much. But like I said, I find that when he was screaming at her, "I hate you!" and the ending, with her crying by his side as he slits his wrist, were what officially sent me into a fit of depression in reaction to the story. I'm giving it an 7 because, like I said above, it was not at all a gratuitous movie and it deserves credit for that. But at this point I still can't decide if it's a wonderful piece of fiction, or if it was just depressing and disturbing enough to come off as such. One thing working against it (besides the fact that it's about a rapist) is that it's way too long. 2 hours and 40-something minutes, people. Too many long shots of nothing, could've been cut down, I think.
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