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March 9, 2012
Ugly, disjointed with sub par acting, nonsensical plot and shockingly brutal climax. While the beginning seems promising, after a while it is obvious that the plot is going nowhere and the awful climax is the director's only way to get the audience's attention back. Watch something else.
½ February 11, 2012
Well its just rubbish. Nothing happens for a good hour and when stuff does happen its just awful, there's no reason behind the bad stuff that happens. Nothing likeable or hateable about the characters, just nothingness and complete boredom throughout. You can tell that the director is trying to make some point about the iraq war, in which he manages to convey nothing to audience really. One good point is that sometimes the camerawork is quite good and interesting. And you can tell the director is technically quite capable, a kind of 'Gasper Noe' wannabe. I hope that he manages to stop this obsession he has with rape and war and create something a little more worthwhile as this is just a waste of time for all who watch this. Its like a unhealthy mixture of a exploitation director wannabe, a muddle script, unsure acting, drawn out awful rape scenes and (the cherry on top) Danny bloody Dyer....
February 10, 2012
Nothing really happens until the last 15 mins which is utterly horrendous. An uncompromising, realistic film. Another great British film. Another great British horror.
January 12, 2012
Very disturbing. I wished I hadn't watched it and I had to watch something a bit lighter before I went to bed. Hard to forget. If you like Clockwork Orange you may like this.
½ June 29, 2011
Thomas Clay's disastrous debut feature sketches out a town in financial crisis, ponders on pointless, dubious symbolism and then abruptly explodes into one of the most cynical, sadistically violent, indulgent and pretentious conclusions of all time. So sickening is his notorious finale (one continuously shot scene of gang-rape and murder) that it almost threatens to wipe from memory the gruellingly dull, atrociously written first 75 minutes of The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael.
Never has a film so perfectly combined boredom with disgust as Clay (clearly budding from his recent film-school education and clutching his collections of Haneke and Kubrick) sets about his soulless and pedestrian task of shoddily imitating the great Master's stylistically, while obviously forgetting that in order for his film to have social and political context - his character's must at some point remotely convince, and instead opts for dumb caricatures who predictably spit out contrived dialogue, sell drugs and cause public disturbance. There is no attempt at explanation, no attempt to depict some sort of decline of these paper-thin completely forgettable people, indeed, Robert Carmichael is playing cello in a school orchestra one minute - and then raping and killing two people the next. Its almost hilariously crap.
Clay's ultimate failing though, as a young film-maker with some degree of responsibility, is to depict contemporary youths as the disgusting, depraved animals the tabloids would so have us believe. That, and the fact that he inexplicably ends the film by cutting to archive footage of men at war and then closing with some stupid, shitty quote about 'inevitability.' Its just completely ignorant, gratuitous, pretentious and pathetic.
Don't make my mistake.
Don't watch this horrible little film.
March 22, 2011
What a sick ending!!
½ October 10, 2010
Very violent but capotivating perfomances all around
½ February 7, 2010
The director/writer apparently had given all their efforts blowing the 15 minutes very sick & disturbing ending scene up, so as to shock the audiences' guts. And, it is indeed very annoying & irritating. There are actually some points being made, though nothing new at all. However, the whole movie before these 15 minutes is so sloppy, dragging, fragmentarily padding, pretentious & boring. Just terrible inside-out.
½ July 28, 2009
wish id turned it off after 20 minutes! how does danny dyer keep getting work! its as if ken loach directed clockwork orange, but the cameras so distant its hard to get to know and understand any of the characters. im sure the filmmakers had some wanky explanation about the violence depicted stemming from the media which constantly runs the iraq invasion thoughout, fuck off! its a fucking art/film-student-half-baked idea and poor excuse for poncy middle class film makers to depict the working classes as violent no-hopers whose lack of hope isnt their fault but that of media, government and society, which is all a cover for not being able to come up with original entertaining stories, oops, unless the filmmaker was writing from personal experience and was the son of the couple attacked in their home, which is worse! a self serving peice of psychiatry marketed as socially real art, stop wasting perfectly good money on this dribble!
July 7, 2009
Very surprising one ;)!
June 10, 2009
Een arthouse-film zoals geen ander. Beetje nihilistisch gefilmd, had beter gekund. Voor sommigen zeker een schokkende film.
March 18, 2009
M auntys in this film :)
January 24, 2009
the perfect dimension and the portrait of the madness inside any of us unfortunately.. ! the truths are there to hurt us!!
January 2, 2009
Nihilistic art house exploitation movie, saved from no stars by Giorgos Arvanitis' beautiful cinematography. Should appeal to Gaspar Noe fans, but more discerning viewers will be better off with more highbrow fare such as 'I Spit on your Grave'.
½ November 2, 2008
Mauvais, mal filmé, et ignoble gratuitement: ne regardez jamais ce film !
October 3, 2008
The final rape scene is Robert's great 'ecstasy', not the music his mother has planned for him but some grim fantasy of someone who can't fit in. The film attempts to tie its characters to the political climate of the times and nationalist legacy but one is left wondering how a brutal rape scene so reminiscent of 'Clockwork' could serve the director's purposes, unless of course he wanted to make a name for himself.
September 23, 2008
alors la je dis aie, le sujet fait mal, la réalisation est extremement maitrisée(n sequence de fous), après ça fait super mal ? la tronche surtout la derniere scene , mais c'est loin d'etre gratuit.
August 30, 2008
Technically astute but largely irresponsible film-making. If you want a film to culminate in an ending that is unwatchable (I could fast-forward; cinema-goers would have to sit through it), you need a clear, logical message and a resolution of some kind that leaves the audience with some gained knowledge or insight cf. A Clockwork Orange, Funny Games etc. It's no good playing about with your teen devils and ultra-violence, your crude characterisation and Kubrick/Loach homage unless you give some thought to what you want to say. It made me angry and disturbed me; I could go to A & E in Stevenage on a Saturday night and feel the same - no art, no script, no craft. Pathetic. Fuck you and your fucking film.
August 20, 2008
shit. a waste of an hour & half
½ August 14, 2008
A poor little movie. It's original but not entertaining at all. The only touching part of this movie is one of the last scenes.
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