Examines a story of two kids who set out to tell their version of a school shooting that starts out as a simple class project and turns into something infinitely more devastating. While working on a movie about their revenge on school bullies, the lines between fiction and reality blur.
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This very clever mockumentary successfully takes the audience deep into the possible background of a high school massacre. It uses black comedy to examine bullying, popularity and the nature of madness while also avoiding the cliche of presenting the perpetrators as purely evil and somehow alien from the rest of us. 3.5 stars
High school..two young aspiring filmmakers who are bullied relentlessly by a group they refer to as 'the dirties' attempt to strike back cinematically only to find further derision. For one its the breaking point and his revenge fantasies run beyond the two's friendship. Great script and direction by newcomer Johnson that elevates it past many similar endeavours. Incredible homage style credit sequence post film.
I applaud the unique approach of turning what could have otherwise been "just another school shooting indie film" into a dark comedy. Matt is also the most nonchalant school shooter of all the different films about this subject. I'm not sure how I feel about the abrupt ending quite yet, but I did enjoy this.
It reminded me on Van Sant's Elephant, but that The Dirties makes you laugh couple of times, and that building of (eventhough expected, but still) suspense and story is really good. Tough and hard movie, but for lovers of indie movies, this is a must see.
if Kevin Smith said 'this is the most important film of the year' because it's a great example how you can make a small budget film with your friends on a relevant subject and make it work than he's right (and outdated). In every other sense it's a mediocre film, with unconvincing characters, wrong choice of actors (Owen being the only believable enough), and narrative derived like from a cliche newspaper article.