Pariah has an emotional endgame, but lacks an elevated conflict until its final 15 minutes. It wobbles and wavers along, resisting stakes, akin to what Moonlight did later. There's no emotional tug and pull, its drama rendered ineffective until then. The photography is drab and dry, lacking a unique and appealing visual eye. Pariah's heart is under-and-un developed. A non-evolved butterfly until it finally blossoms.