Not for everyone, but it's most likely going to be a cult classic (by hashtagtechnobabble)
A lot of people will hate this film, but those who like it will absolutely love it. Katie Cassidy completely reinvents herself playing Suki, a girl with an extreme case of dissociative disorder. She is extremely convincing and personally gives what I consider the best performance of any actress I've seen this year. The supporting characters, besides Eliza dushku as a criminal psychologist, all give great performances as well.This is based on a graphic novel of the same name. Usually, film adaptations of literature take tons of liberty's and end up being som thing completely different <more>
than the the literature they're based on. This is the exception. Everything from the look of the halfway house to what happens to the machine is exactly the same as the graphic novel, and I do mean everything. Probably 70% of the lines are taken directly from the graphic novel word for word. The only exception is the americanization of the characters and the two detective characters.A lot of viewers will hate this. Those of us who like it will fall in love with this movie almost instantly. It oozes cool and has cult classic written all over it.
it might be that people dislike movies about "crazy people", probably wanting to keep away from those disturbed ones who cannot cope with the pressure of the "civilized" world.yes, this movie is about those poor souls, but really it is an excellent movie which doesn't want to disturb, but touch a few serious questions, neglected in the rush of society: who am i, who really are you, what is normal, why cannot i be myself?and what can be disturbing about a movie featuring such an excellent cast, including several beautiful women? or it might be the hypocritical <more>
disapproval of the naked body or the naked soul? its a movie about outcasts and how being yourself and the search for your true self makes you stronger, despite the powers of the day, despite the common opinion, despite the fact that you surrendered and are rejected from the world.i lacked a bit more absurdity, but probably this lack only stressed the seriousness of this production and after all there is no need to make Timothy Burton clone of a movie, when a story that tells more than it shows is being told.to cut the story short i went for this movie expecting a low budget parody, but instead watched an excellent production and a new favorite.give it a try and enjoy it.10/10
Its not often that an intelligent movie works in such a modern style. Think Franklyn meets The Ward with some of Sucker Punch mixed in and directed by Joss Whedon or Drew Goddard.So Suki is a 20 something woman who leaves an institution to live in a halfway house with other former patients. Suki had a number of personalities but is now down to a bunch of voices, Suki and The Scribbler. Part of her treatment is to self administer a shock treatment of sorts from a new machine that is designed to remove the last of her personalities. However The Scribbler modifies the machine and now what comes <more>
out for Suki is the Scribbler. For others the best and worst versions of themselves.The entire cast perform incredibly with not a weak link, including some personal favourite Katie Cassidy, Garret Dillahunt, Sasha Grey, Eliza Dushka, and Michael Imperioli.The only weakness to me is the music. I feel that rather then just a score some actual songs would have been better to actually aid in the conveying of the story.
All I can say about other critic's for this movie so far, don't quit your day job. They obviously see the world as all black and white. Which is likely why they can never seem to grasp their head's around the concept's of movies such as this.I could barely recognize Katie Cassidy in this movie. Not just because of her makeover for her character she played, but generally did a really good job playing it. Normally I get annoyed by her acting but she did a fine job here. The rest of the supporting cast did well also. It's probably a good thing they didn't have Sasha Grey <more>
in more than 1 scene. I admire that she's trying to become an actress coming from being a porn star, but she's definitely not the strongest actress out there.The movie starts off slow, but is just intriguing enough to maintain your curiosity and easy you into the crazy/intensity that comes later on. Not sure why it' only classifies this as a thriller. It should easily considered Sci-fi as well. Especially when it steps into the topic of unlocking people's full potential, resulting in levitation, telekinesis, etc... The last 20 minutes or so definitely have my full and undivided attention.I don't want to give too much away so if you have an open mind and are a fan of anything Sci-Fi or graphic novel based, I suggest you give it a try and it might just surprise you. If you you only see things in black and white and can never wrap your head around certain movies because they are just simple, real-life drama stories, then why bother. If you can't like, understand or be open-minded for any movie you watch. Then your review really is irrelevant. If I take anyone's advise for a movie I might be interested in, I'd rather listen to the person that understood what was going on.
This movie is better than it has any right to be (by thatguyyouknow187)
What can I say about this movie that "wow" won't sum up. This is a great movie with amazing pacing and interesting characters. The setting is dirty and broken, and the supporting cast is too. The story follows the life of Sookie as she tells the tail of what happened upon moving into an assisted living apartment in order to transition back into regular life. This story will draw you in and keep you watching from beginning to end. The movie is adapted from a graphic novel of the same name, but having not read it I can't say if this movie followed the source material well.I <more>
can say that some detail was put into doing a little research on the mental illnesses shown in the movie. It's not perfect in it's depiction, but close enough to suspend disbelief. This is a must see if you like sci-fi suspense, and creative characters.
Very good alternative perspective movie.. (by richlong2569)
Surprisingly well written dialogue, very good character development on main character, nudity/sexuality appropriate for the scenes and help to develop the story not to mention the hot babes , small appearance by Sasha Grey she did well, strange ending but all comes together. Good soundtrack, visuals, supporting cast no issues here. A dark and gritty movie. melo-dramatic throughout and interesting ending, unexpected ending.Choreographed fights scenes were well done.There are good transitions between scenes as well, as there is a minor sub-plot that is fleshed out. If you like Sucker Punch or <more>
Fight Club you'll probably enjoy this one.Spot on and a must see if you like alternative non-traditional story telling, nothing bad about this movie at all and found it entertaining.
I might write a spoiler, so I checked the box. Right off, it was a great surprise to see Sara Tomko -- she commits so much to her roles, and is quite easy on the eyes. Technically, this film has superb audio -- easy to hear dialogue and not drowned by sound effects or music, which are also very nice here. Visually, I found it enchanting. I was also able to follow most of the dimly-lit scenes, which has become rare due to age and a vein pressing an artery in one eye. It's still always hard for me follow the frenetic cuts in some scenes.I'm able to say the above because this a really <more>
smart movie that drew me into the characters/actors. It's really tasty, prime stuff that redeems itself all the way through.
Is it for everyone? No. But is it an entertaining, interesting artpiece? Yes . . . (by charles000)
I LOVE this film! Is it for everyone? No. If you're looking for a simplistic 1-2-3 "do it by the numbers" storyline, this one is probably not for you.Having said that, as a visual and experiential art piece, this is certainly one of the more interesting explorations into the universe of filmcraft one might encounter, way outside the box from the usual collection of quasi mediocre attempts at this sort of artform one might encounter on NF or elsewhere. Somewhere between the boundaries of sci-fi, psych drama, and somewhat twisted crime thriller, it's not exactly easy to fit <more>
this film into any one specific category . . . which makes "the Scribbler" all the more interesting. This production was a risky undertaking, and though far from being completely perfect, considering the layers of complexity attempted in weaving this story together as an engaging experience, the effort and end result here can definitely be appreciated.Have never seen Katie Cassidy at work before, but she delivers her character here quite plausibly. The other characters being developed are a bit varied in depth, though Michelle Trachtenberg does stand out as being uniquely "her". The core concept is in the exploration of mental illness, particularly at the intersection of multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia . . . and the peculiar nature of experimental treatments applied of which there is a quite a history of in the real world .Beyond that, I'm not going to say much about the actual twists and turns of the plot line as it develops. Any attempt to do so would hover dangerously close to a spoiler alert, which is something I never do in film reviews. But, if you're looking for something more than a bit different, but still entirely engaging, this might well be worth the time spent.
Wasn't expecting this.About two minutes in the heroine approaches a halfway house for recovering young mental patients. Her film-noir voice-over says, "It was so low the only way was up". Just then a suicide jumper smacks on to the pavement and splatters her with blood.I was hooked.If you like Bukowski style seediness ref'd in the dialogue and a weird cast of sexual characters you will love it. It's also very colourful and imaginative, with a special comic book logic, and the black wisecracks are pretty good.Usually American weird disappears up its own arse after a <more>
promising start, but this one has clear structure and develops into a superhero story.Much better than the bloviation of Batman and Superman and Whateverman. If nothing else the US needs subtle endings like this instead of torture-ridden black & white conquests.The fight sequence obviously needed more budget, and I didn't enjoy the music apart from a few Tom Waits style blasts - a bit grim and formulaic.Overall a good surprise and highly recommended.