Recommended by Darren of Movie Reviews 101
(Recommendation #5 of 30)
Number of Times Seen – 2 (24 Nov 2009 and 19 May 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A high sxholl student tries to solve the mysterious disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
My Take on it – I usually enjoy a good mystery movie, but this one moves ever so slowly that it is very easy to lose interest and I found myself quite bored very quickly.
Trying to adapt snd reimagine a film noir crime to a high school scenario is an interesting idea, but it just doesn’t work as well as one would think.
The only thing worth watching in this movie is the performance of Joseph Gordon-Levitt who is amazing in just about everything he has been in over the years.
Bottom Line – Slow moving film noir that doesn’t keep the viewer interested enough and bores too easily. Good attempt of trying to reimagine a genre, but still a failed one. Gordon – Levitt is the only reason to watch this one.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The music score was composed by Rian Johnson’s cousin, Nathan Johnson, with additional support and music from The Cinematic Underground. The score hearkens back to the style, feel and overall texture of noir films. It features traditional instruments such as the piano, trumpet and violin, and also contains unique and invented instruments such as the wine-o-phone, metallophone, tack pianos, filing cabinets, and kitchen utensils, all recorded with one microphone on a beat-up Apple PowerBook. Since Nathan Johnson was in England during most of the production process, the score was composed almost entirely over Apple iChat, with Rian Johnson playing clips of the movie to Nathan Johnson, who would then score them. The two later met in New York to mix the soundtrack. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy
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