Yes! Classic cautionary tale. What makes it classic, is that actually happened! A beautifully done Anti-Date movie that I was looking for this year. What really scares me is how far of a possibility that I could be manipulated look every character in this movie. I really look forward to what else Craig Zobel has to offer.
The still opening shots and shallow depth of field shots throughout, attribute to the tone of the film, along with the score, which I enjoyed. Ann Dowd gives a nice performance, and the long shot of the Police Officer towards the end was a nice touch, demonstrating the closeness of the station. Amazing that this actually happened, and it wasn't an isolated incident.
a movie every russian should see / my joy + antonio campos goes claustrophobic / series of interesting director's decisions - long driving scene in a police car to cool it off right after the culmination, leave the cat & mouse game completely out + last minute with a dialogue about new orleans - a bOmb / ann dowd is a miracle - i was waiting for her swan song after seeing her in informant!
"The social psychology of this century reveals a major lesson: often it is not so much the kind of person a man is as the kind of situation in which he finds himself that determines how he will act" - Stanley Milgram
Just because it's based on a true story doesn't mean it's movie-material. Not all human stupidity is valuable entertainment.Watching these characters making so many incomprehensible decisions in such a short period of time becomes outrageous. You can argue a bigger statement, perhaps a critique on contemporary society or even an animalistic need for submission. I'd say that would be a smokescreen as big as the movie.
Expertly executed but I'm not convinced that it does more than give slightly more depth to the Wikipedia entry of the actual incident. Though not a rule, I want films that takes us into the darker regions of the human psyche as this does to bring more insight to that which makes us slip one way rather than the other. Zobel reportedly was trying illuminate the why's and for me only dramatized the whats. Still solid.
The nuance of such a situation is completely lost in a surfacey, sleazy film, complete with ridiculous arty expository shots, and a failure to create any sympathy for anyone in the film, including Becky, because of her willing submission to injustice.