The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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This psychological thriller's talented cast is undercut by leaden pacing and a problematic plot.
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In retrospect, it is Belle who manages to acquit herself best with a role that never quite makes sense, but affords her some expressive, silent sequences. Surely she will find other film work and then quietly drop The Quiet from her biography.
One strength of The Quiet is that it does not deal exploitatively with the incest/sexual abuse issue in its quest to generate tension.
Rather than an indictment of depravity, the movie quickly becomes a particularly cynical example of it.
The exposition is so heavy-handed, the producers might just as well distribute a printed handout to hapless ticket buyers.
Bordering on camp and loaded with lesbian undertones, this wretched drama plays like a high-school horror flick that trades monsters and mayhem for an overdose of force-fed cruelty.
A creepy family drama that reeks of pretentiousness.
A hilariously bad and utterly ridiculous piece of melodrama touted as a thriller.
The fatalistic woe becomes an indie film mockery. It's truly adolescent.
Illustrate[s], once and for all, that it's possible for a film to be soooo slow and ponderous it can appear, at times, to come to a dead stop.
What on the surface initially seems like your typical bitchy blonde-versus-ostracized newcomer teensploit is merely this taut psychological thriller's point of departure for the exploration of a more sobering set of circumstances.
The film's producers would like us to keep this quiet... this is supposed to be a thriller, but the only time we were thrilled was when it was over.
Starts with an overwritten voice-over and ends with events so baffling as to seem satirical.
Camilla Belle, Elisha Cuthbert, David Gallagher, Martin Donovan, Edie Falco, Katy Mixon, Shannon Woodward, Shawn Ashmore
DIRECTED BY: Jamie Babbitt
A recently orphaned deaf and mute teen learns disturbing facts about her adoptive family in director Jamie Babbitt's visceral drama. After losing her father, Dot (Camilla Belle) goes to live with her dysfunctional godparents (Edie Falco and Martin Donovan) and their rebellious daughter Nina (Elisha Cuthbert). Before long, each is entrusting the silent Dot with shameful secrets they assume will be kept private. But Dot has secrets of her own ...
This movie is dark and disturbing. Not going to be a film for everyone. Some of the scenes are uncomfortable and hard to sit through. The story itself is interesting, if you can handle a film like this. It's not one that will probably be watched more then once or twice. But still should be seen. Elisha really gives a great performance in this movie. Probably the best I have seen her do. Camilla was really good as well. I bought this movie without seeing it before hand. I am glad not to be disappointed. I often buy movies before I see them which in some cases can be a big mistake. But no regrets with this one. Hope more see it.
a seemingly perfect family isn't complete without a healthy dose of dysfunction....
Many viewers may find this movie hard to swallow because of the sensitive nature of it, but it is a very good movie.
The good parts of this movie had to do with the sensitive nature, at the beginning of the movie, you are not so sure of Dot, you sympathise with her and the treatment she receives from her step sister, but there is something about her that you just cannot pin point. Elisha Cuthbert plays a great role and for a young lady so young in the business to play that role is commendable. I felt that the mother should have played a bigger role in the movie. Her role was a bit boring. It is only in the end, she does SOMETHING! I did enjoy the movie, it was suspenseful, had a lot of intrigue and twists to it and it highlighted some issues that teens obviously had in school.
"They say that the truth can set you free, that's a lie. The truth is lies can protect us. Lies keep us safe from the truth."
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