Elephant (2003)


30-elephant-2003“So foul and fair a day I have not seen. ” – Alex

Number of Times Seen – 2 (15 May 2005 and 15 Apr 2015)

Brief Synopsis – The day in the life of an ordinary high school where things are brewing beneath the surface.

My Take on it – This is a very difficult movie to discuss without discussing the ‘elephant in the room’, but I’ll try my best.

This movie is truly great because of the way it is presented; it’s non-linear and it also gives us different perspectives of the same scenes.

This gives the viewer a more complete picture of everything that is happening throughout the storyline and we get an idea of what goes on with teenagers in a typical day.

The fact that most of the movie is non scripted but rather ad libbed by the cast of mostly non actors helps give the movie a more realistic feeling.

The fact that the characters aren’t really developed is both a drawback on the one hand, but on the other hand it’s also part of the film makers genius plan to desensitize some of the action for us while keeping us interested.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that tries to give us a portrait of what it’s like being a teenager in the world we live in. the fact that most is ad-libbed gives it a real feeling. Lack of really developed characters is the one drawback and also part of the genius to desensitize the viewer . Highly recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – There are approximately 88 shots in this film. More than half of those shots are in the last twenty minutes of the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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