Reviews

  • May 18, 2012

    I first saw this movie by chance in an art house cinema in Gracia, Barcelona. It's a brilliantly dark B movie rendition of Dostoevsky's classic- and modern day adaptations of old stories don't usually do it for me. If you enjoy watching the (often hilarious) blunders and frustrations of a tormented soul's progress to stubborn self-destruction you will enjoy this. Thought-provoking.

    I first saw this movie by chance in an art house cinema in Gracia, Barcelona. It's a brilliantly dark B movie rendition of Dostoevsky's classic- and modern day adaptations of old stories don't usually do it for me. If you enjoy watching the (often hilarious) blunders and frustrations of a tormented soul's progress to stubborn self-destruction you will enjoy this. Thought-provoking.

  • May 18, 2012

    Though the adaptation sets this 1864 novel in modern times, it has to be the best adaptation of any book I have ever seen. Using a videotaped confession of our underground man as the framework, the film relentlessly throws the viewer down his sick and twisted life. Diseased with self-loathing, the man takes perverse pleasure in ruining himself and those around him. Wondrously shot, the film is very well done for never having a wide release. All the characters are well-played, and I found myself both hating and pitying the man as he self-destructs. A definite morality play, this film (like the book), shows the destructive nature of spite.

    Though the adaptation sets this 1864 novel in modern times, it has to be the best adaptation of any book I have ever seen. Using a videotaped confession of our underground man as the framework, the film relentlessly throws the viewer down his sick and twisted life. Diseased with self-loathing, the man takes perverse pleasure in ruining himself and those around him. Wondrously shot, the film is very well done for never having a wide release. All the characters are well-played, and I found myself both hating and pitying the man as he self-destructs. A definite morality play, this film (like the book), shows the destructive nature of spite.

  • Jul 03, 2009

    A bitter man reaps the wages of spite and selfishness. Underground man, you ain't gots to live like that...underground man, you can move out of that basement suite!!

    A bitter man reaps the wages of spite and selfishness. Underground man, you ain't gots to live like that...underground man, you can move out of that basement suite!!

  • Feb 03, 2009

    This movie didn't corporate everything from the book... but it did make me understand the book better... and plus the soft core porn was pretty sweet.

    This movie didn't corporate everything from the book... but it did make me understand the book better... and plus the soft core porn was pretty sweet.

  • Jan 27, 2009

    If Seth Green is the first name that pops into mind when you're thinking about adapting a Dostoevsky novel, this movie is for you! But Czerny did do a good job, and this is probably about as good of an adaptation as is even possible for Notes from Underground.

    If Seth Green is the first name that pops into mind when you're thinking about adapting a Dostoevsky novel, this movie is for you! But Czerny did do a good job, and this is probably about as good of an adaptation as is even possible for Notes from Underground.

  • Jul 11, 2008

    An interesting enough adaptation of the Dostoevsky novella.

    An interesting enough adaptation of the Dostoevsky novella.

  • Jul 08, 2008

    Dark and disturbing, I liked the modern take on this story. The Joseph Frank commentary and analysis comparing the novella to the movie storyline in the special features was very interesting

    Dark and disturbing, I liked the modern take on this story. The Joseph Frank commentary and analysis comparing the novella to the movie storyline in the special features was very interesting

  • Jun 28, 2008

    Could have been a LOT better. But, like Tarkovsky said about a well-written book; if it's a good enough book, it doesn't have to be made into a movie.

    Could have been a LOT better. But, like Tarkovsky said about a well-written book; if it's a good enough book, it doesn't have to be made into a movie.

  • Jun 02, 2008

    An amazing, devastating film about one wretched man's slow, pathetic self-destruction. Henry Czerny is an amazing actor and this may be his best work yet. At times I felt like I was watching and listening to myself...

    An amazing, devastating film about one wretched man's slow, pathetic self-destruction. Henry Czerny is an amazing actor and this may be his best work yet. At times I felt like I was watching and listening to myself...

  • Oct 06, 2007

    strangely incrediable

    strangely incrediable