APT PUPIL is about the representation of evil. There's an effort to also examine the corruption of innocence. Yet for all the nuance and beautiful craftsmanship, where it falters is answering that basic question Brad Renfro asks his horny date: "Why do people do the things they do?" Her reaction is hilarious but telling: "It's better not to think." Then she goes down on him. Ladies and gents, I give you Stephen King!
Holy throwback, I'll never forget the circumstances under which I saw this. I was 12 years old, and my friend and I walked alone to a small local video store half a mile from his cabin in upstate New York. The clerk let us rent this and Orgazmo without any adult present. Then we watched a fat biker woman get a full back tattoo through the window of the tattoo parlor next door. That was the day I became a man.
A very safe and boring adaptation of King's novella, this movie fails on delivering the twisted relationship between Dussander and Todd, or the effect that the Holocaust stories had on him... which were the core of the whole story! Everything needed to be rushed so the lesson about how you can't get away once you've touched Death just doesn't come across. Violence, cursing, fear, sexuality... all were toned down.
Greatly underrated, but brilliant performances by the cast. Interrogates the banality of evil and the loss of control, and is a psychological drama that stands out. Really disturbing movie for that, and it shows how evil behaviour is often heavily influenced by situational factors. It's compelling - you can feel both disgust & some sympathy for the characters. Note: I haven't yet read the King novella it's based on.
Thriller drama based upon one of Stephen King's best stories. Ian McKellen is excellent as an old Nazi, who is forced to awaken up his demons when a young student wants to learn everything about his war crimes. It touches on themes that usually are tucked safely away by the film industry, but the potential of the film falls apart by a weak ending and a confused young leading actor.
1998 yılında sinemaya da uyarlanan Apt Pupil’de başrollerde Ian McKellen ve Brad Renfro yer alıyor. Yan rollerde ise David Schwimmer, Elias Koteas ve Joe Morton gibi isimler var. Tabii ki hikayeye nazaran bir hayli törpülenmiş sahnelere sahip ancak yine de izlenmeye değer bir yapım.
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APT PUPIL came after Bryan Singer made THE USUAL SUSPECTS three years prior. I guess a lot of people expected that APT PUPIL would be a great movie. I'm not gonna say this is a bad movie. It's just this movie wants to reach something but somehow, It failed. APT PUPIL is good as a psychological drama. I must admit, it looks disturbing in some parts. What's the point of those if it doesn't come with a good story?
After reading the short story by Stephen King, I never thought that it could be adapted to film without an NC-17 or X rating. Singer found a way to take the less provocative and graphic elements out of the story and still make it disturbing.