Scalene (2012)




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A perceptual thriller told from three points-of-view revolving around the rape of a female college student by a mentally handicapped man and his mother's subsequent revenge after his incarceration. -- (C) Official Site
Mystery & Suspense
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Hanna Hall
as Paige
Jim Dougherty
as Charles
LaDonna Pettijohn
as Mrs. Alexander
Raymond Kester
as Mr. Alexander
Sean Blodgett
as Public Defender
Angela Steele
as City Prosecutor
Frank T. Ziede
as Dr. Khamis
Mark A. Nash
as Daniel Trimble
Eric Monroe
as Butch
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Critic Reviews for Scalene

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Full Review… | January 26, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

While occasionally unpleasant, the film never crosses the line from bearably chilling to unbearably gruesome, keeping its characters credible and its events explicable.

January 19, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

The resolution of its conflicting truths proves so bizarre and idiotically off-the-wall that it mitigates all that precedes it.

Full Review… | January 18, 2012
Top Critic

Strong performances and a Hitchcock-trained eye build unnerving tension into its depiction of the intimate stress of caring for an invalid and the ways people might or might not crack under it.

Full Review… | January 17, 2012
Village Voice
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A masterful piece of independent filmmaking...

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Cinema Crazed you three absolutely nonequivalent views of a horrifying event, in a sort of a Rashomon for our times.

Full Review… | July 27, 2012

Audience Reviews for Scalene


Scalene (Zack Parker, 2011) The main problem with Scalene is that it is roughly half of a very interesting movie. We get all of the setup, and then just when the story is about to kick into gear, the movie ends and you realize that what you thought was the crucial piece of the setup was, in fact, meant as a twist ending. And to be fair to the movie, it does function that way, but it still feels like setup—and that makes it lack the twist-ending punch that would at least give it the gravitas necessary to perform its function in that regard. Jakob Trimble (Stake Land's Adam Scarimbolo) is twenty-six, mute, and somewhat mentally challenged. His mother Janice (Justified's Margo Martindale) has done most of the caregiving, though she mentions in one scene that he has also had a series of outside caregivers as well. The most recent of them is Paige (The Virgin Suicides' Hanna Hall). The film gives us a year of Paige working for Janice and Jakob through the eyes of all three participants. Something has gone terribly wrong, however; in the opening shot, we see Janice showing up at Paige's front door brandishing a gun. From there, we go back to when Paige is initially hired, and we see how we get from point A to point B. While I think this is a minor spoiler (I have been trying to avoid spoilers throughout despite a number of them appearing in every synopsis of the movie I have read), it's really something you want to know heading into this: it is a nasty little movie. There are no good guys here. That's interesting, because the movie is set up to be all good guys; Parker is playing the meta here, and he's pretty effective about it. (There is a scene early in the movie that you may spend some time wondering about. That scene is the one that tips Parker's hand that there are no good guys, not even the most obvious one.) Balancing that out , of course, is the missing second half of this movie. What should have been setup for the actual movie, which I think would have ended up being a bang-up trial thriller, is instead climax. The trade-off is that it does work in that it seems to inspire a good deal of discussion in the places one finds such things on the Internet, and I will certainly not complain about a filmmaker leaving unanswered questions when it makes sense in the context (it does here). I wonder if there's going to be a sequel? ** ½

Robert Beveridge
Robert Beveridge

Great acting. Though the movie is shown backwards it still worked. It kept me very interested. Liked seeing "Young Jenny from movie: Forrest Gump in this! I thought she did fantastic.

Jennifer Torres
Jennifer Torres

In all fairness, this review shouldn't count. The film was so badly produced that I couldn't make it past 10 minutes, so I didn't actually see the movie.

Troy Kleasner
Troy Kleasner

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