i felt as if the entire film was merely contextual filler for the last scene. the diamond dealer saying gold was the way to invest, diamonds have little resale value. chelsea had become a diamond in an economic crisis, of little resale value made achingly clear by her new client, roll credits.
Not just simple, but scant. With projects like these, simple is just fine, and while a conventionally structured story isn’t necessary, a compelling vision is. The concept of business personae is interesting, but unfortunately, Soderbergh isn’t able to achieve much depth and the film comes across as little more than a sketch.
One of the more successful of Soderbergh's more experimental films. The loose, disjointed plot can be distancing, and Sasha Grey really doesn't bring a whole lot to her role. But there's something about the cold, muddled atmosphere and the unexpected meshing of varying themes that keeps it compelling in spite of itself, even if it does occasionally get bogged down with tedious discussions about finances. Interesting, but not one of Soderbergh's best.
I thought the crisis talks on the first half of the film are crap. He should have been a little more subtle and maybe introduced it into the story in a nice way, but for me it didn‘t work like that. Other from that, the film finishes and I feel i was robbed. I didn‘t feel it said something to me. Nice acting by Sasha Grey ( by the way).
It's crazy how opinion is so divided on this movie. To be honest, the negatives I've heard about it just don't make sense to me. If you're watching this for escapism you may get angry as the movie is entirely about money-power relations of everyday life - the exact things people usually watch filoms to ESCAPE from. It's a very well-done character-study movie. Sasha and Chris were both very good.
I didn't like how heavy-handed it was with talking about the "financial crisis" in the beginning and I couldn't really connect with these super-rich characters, but when it started to focus more on the relationships near the end, it got really good. I feel like this movie didn't have much to say, but the way it's all presented is really entertaining.
I know these people. Neo-Yuppie trash though they may be, these are the the men and women who walk our streets. In LA and NYC, fat wallets and empty heads. They're real. Sasha is fairly good here, I must say. A fitting addition to the unparalleled oeuvre of Soderbergh. When factoring in pound-for-pound value, he has absolutely no contemporary equal. (Nice work by The Auteur's brainchild Mr. Glenn Kenny as well!)
I enjoyed it even if there was nothing to enjoy. The movie is made in the same princip as the message that it wants to deliver is - the banal, artifical world of the higher class that needs to buy closeness. And so is the camera style of the movie. I was afraid S.S. would push the Hwood sentimentality with making the viewer see how much more the girl actually is, but he didn't and only for that he gets a star more
This film deserved a much better reception than it got. I thought it was very provocative, uniquely structured, subtle but still engaging, and at one point even very moving. Soderbergh proves himself again and again an intelligent artistic risk taker.
It was okay. I enjoyed the visual style, which may in fact be more attributable to the interior design of the various high-end flats than the actual cinematography. The main escort, Sasha Grey, was moderate. She frequently appeared to be hiding a grin in the first half, which was a tad distracting, but it abated with time.
Excellent film. Great contrast between Chris and Christina's jobs; taking advantage of clients' feelings and trying to one-up the competition. One of the better films of 2009, easily. Since this movie is supposed to have that documentary feel, Sasha Grey's slightly stiff acting really lends itself to the film.