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Susan Sarandon knows how to pick a character; it's her taste in scripts that we need worry about.
There's just enough to make the film a cut above your average headline-driven drama and not quite enough to shoot it into the stratosphere.
There are a number of interesting things going on in "Viper Club." Unfortunately, too few of them are happening on screen.
Even the best movies push emotional buttons, but they work because viewers become wrapped up in the story. This one is so manipulative you can hear the gears grinding - until they lock up.
She's walking an emotional tightrope. Sarandon walks it with no missteps. It's a remarkable performance.
The film eschews a Hollywood happy ending in favor of bone-chilling reality, which makes Viper Club doubly relevant amid current headlines.
The cast, comprising good actors from Sarandon to Edie Falco to St. Louis-native Matt Bomer, might have elevated the performances above the words on the page. They do not.
Rather than construct an emotional tether to a faraway war, Viper Club instead focuses on a poorly conceived character and her martyrdom. How dull.
The drama is earnest and well-meaning, but it never generates the emotional wallop it aims for; even the conclusion, which should be shattering, falls short.
The film features solid performances by Sarandon, Matt Bomer, and Edie Falco but stops just short of making an emotional connection with the audience.
Sarandon and the movie around her are too muted to engage us or come off.
For the most part, we sit with Helen, tortured as she is and wishing something more would happen.
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