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I have to say, it seems a little ironic to be reviewing this one, given the subject matter. Lol. I don't watch too many documentaries. I've found that I have to be extremely interested in the topic at hand in order to *really* get into one. Since I'm a fan of Jamie Kennedy, however, I figured I'd give this a shot! While I enjoy his crazy comedic style, it was certainly nice to see him involved in such a serious project! It was great hearing commentaries from a number of artists I reall dig - Craig Ferguson, Criss Angel & Rob Zombie to name but a few. In a nutshell, I found myself quite fascinated with the topics discussed. The film was certainly thought provoking. Did I agree with everything that was said? No. I felt as if the documentary was a bit one-sided in places. But, then again, the genre often lends itself to that. To be sure, almost every point made seemed to have a strong basis in validity. I personally feel that if we all "live and let live" the world would be a much happier place.
Why did I rent this movie? Two words. Jeremy Sisto. Was I disappointed? Not in the least! To be sure, after reading the case, I really wasn't expecting much from the film. The storyline didn't appear to be anything special. As it turned out, I thoroughly enjoyed watching this one. It is actually a little difficult for me to verbalize why I liked the movie so much. Something about it just charmed me. There was definitely a sense of realism surrounding the entire thing. And, of course, there was Sisto! As with a number of his past roles, he plays this slightly creepy character who is a little off in the head. But, dear gawd, he does it so alluringly!! All I know is that if I ever met one of his characters in a dark alley, I'd be in alot of trouble and fast. LMAO! Though the plot didn't blow me away, the movie indeed focused on some interesting and relevant themes.
Oh, the things I will stoop to watching when I'm running on the treadmill. LMAO! You see, there were only two movies starting at the time and I'd already seen the other. So. Yes. I went with it. And, hell, I was mostly entertained. Moving picture. Sound. It's something! But, dear gawd, I abhor romantic comedies. This one, like most of the others I've had the misfortune of seeing, was totally predictable and not remotely funny. Tack on the traditional sappy ending and we have a loser, in my book.
Hmm. It is actually quite difficult to settle upon a rating for this film. Overall, I feel as if it could have been better put together. Parts of the film lacked fluidity. To be sure, I am not remotely bashing the awkwardness of its structure and timeline. I found those elements quite charming. And, above all else, it brought up some very interesting points on the topic of addiction and attraction. I didn't really dig the main character, Caveh Zahedi . I'm not sure exactly why. There was something mildly irritating about him. Yet, I didn't hate him either. In many aspects, Caveh's dimensions fascinated me. His character was extremely well developed. Though the piece had some flaws, I would recommend watching it because it was both interesting and thought provoking.
Michele Soavi is one of my favourite directors. Words cannot express how much I've enjoyed his work! Soavi cites Dario Argento as a major influence. Much to my dismay, I have not been all that impressed with the Argento pieces I've seen thus far. There were a few things I found to like about this movie; but, on the whole, it was a huge disappointment. With the exception of a couple of forensic scenes, there was absolutely no gore present in the movie. With that in mind, I considered that perhaps the film was structured to be more of a thriller. If so, it fell short in that department as well. I didn't find it the least bit suspenseful. Quite frankly, the end of the movie sickened me. "You're pregnant!" Come on! That was totally unnecessary. Though it was borderline cheesy, I must admit that I ate up the closing scene on the train tracks. I was fascinated by how far the serial killer took his quest for a "good high" - nicely done! Still, that was not nearly enough to save this one from a poor rating!