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Coming-of-age films are amongst my favorite types of films, but they are often tricky to make. A good film, should give you feelings of nostalgia and form a bond between yourself and at least one of the characters, while a bad one can seem to be nothing more than an episode of Jackass. This film has a bit of both. Sleeping Giants is the story of three teenage boys, spending the summer with their families on Lake Superior and as you might expect, circumstances bring them together. There are some funny moments, trouble to be had, and of course a girl who gets in the middle of everything. What this film has going for it, is that the cast was actually teens, ones whom have very limited acting experience. That being said, it seems as though, the writers also have somewhat limited experience, as this film is your very standard, text book, run of the mill story. What you'd expect to happen in this situation is exactly what happens, and while I like the fact that the story features real teens and new faces, the truth is that nobody really stands up or shows anything more than just kids hanging out. That could honestly be the title of this film, kids hanging out. Sleeping Giants isn't bad in any way, but it's nothing special either, an all-around forgettable experience.
This movie is really good. But, it has a bizarre homoerotic edge that never really goes away. Well filmed and acted.
Excellent and moving film. Had elements of Harmony Korine's Gummo and Lynne Ramsay's Ratcatcher (two other strong films). Sleeping Giant was a little more accessible than those, which was OK for me because it still had a lot of grit and several beautiful scenes.
a powerful movie about a group of teenagers’ summer in Ontario!
It's the Canadian wilderness version of "Kids" with even less of a coherent narrative.
We walked out of the theatre twice during this film, having been lured in by the critics' laudatory reviews. Could it be this bad? We went back inside to find out about 3/4 of the way through, Yes, it is, and walked out a second time. Three immature adolescent boys behave as you'd expect on summer vacation. The whole affair is irritating. The dialogue is thin, the acting is one - dimensional, and the plot is predictable. A pretty girl shows up. Will they all fall for her simultaneously? You guessed right. Does it all end in tragedy? Probably, but you're a better person than I am for sticking it through to the end to find out. The film's only redeeming quality is the natural beauty of northern Ontario on full display.
'Sleeping Giant' is not perfect, but is not asked to be, and succeeds in being inspiring. Seems like a movie made with sincerity and aesthetic preoccupations, treating accurately the torments of three teenagers in a breathtaking setting, an Ontario summer. An admirable endeavour.
Sleeping giant is an honest portrayal of adolescent behavior and just how toxic it can be. Great performances, and a tragic ending.
It captures the cruelty of youth well, but it's a messy, underwhelming affair.
Child actors usually suck, and this movie is no exception.