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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

FEAR X (2003)

Dead-on-arrival art-house pic from Nicolas Winding Refn about a mall security guard (John Turturro) who tries to piece together the illusory ‘facts’ behind wife’s unsolved murder. This impossibly slow-paced psychological-thriller film plays out like a class project from the most pretentious kid @ Existential U. Film School. You remember him, the guy who watched the trailer to Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING over & over & over. (Well, it is a great trailer, but still.) The actors walk & talk like zombies (you could play a hand of rummy between each line) and by the time the hazy explanations & red-tinged hallucinations appear, you’ll be long past caring.

WATCH THIS, NOT THAT: The recent French thriller NE LE DIS À PERSONNE / TELL NO ONE /'06 shows how to do this sort of thing.

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