A new week, a new batch of drama films to talk about. First we have The Falling. This stars Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones, but that’s the only positive about it. I totally didn’t get this at all. She plays a high school girl in the mid 20th century whose friend dies and classmates start falling down. At random times in class or elsewhere, they just drop the ground completely passed out. Maybe they explained why and I missed it, but I didn’t get it. Maybe voodoo? Maybe a curse? One girl didn’t seem to fall down so she cursed them? Your guess is as good as mine and I watched it. It’s slow and not nearly as sexual as it first appears. Maybe you’ll understand the film, I clearly didn’t.
Next we have 37: A Final Promise. Was this secretly a Christian film? Kind of seems it. Is it based on a true story? Why were Tricia Helfer and Scott Wolf in it? It’s an odd combination film to me. It’s about a musician who falls in love with a girl. Sounds simple enough, but she’s dying of ALS and he sees ghosts/has visions/bad memories of his brother. Yeah don’t quite get the combo. It’s a bit clichéd and the ending is pretty lame. You know what will happen to one person and the other chickens out. I’m sure emotional people will like it, but I thought it was cheesy. I don’t really have heartstrings for you to tug on.
Third we have Amnesiac. Talk about a movie that thought it was way smarter than it was. It really tries to be layered and a bit Misery like, but it just falls flat completely. Wes Bentley gets injured in a car accident and his wife Kate Bosworth takes care of him. But there’s a twist because there’s always a twist. There’s a daughter or at least Wes thinks there’s a daughter because there was a girl in the car during the accident. Kate won’t let him leave the house at all and people start asking questions. I won’t give away the surprise, but you’ll figure it out anyways. I was pretty disappointed in this by the end.
Fourth we have Dog Years. I didn’t quite get the point of this one. I mean I understand what happens, but I didn’t quite get the point of all the life reflecting and what not. You have an older brother in Tokyo for a business trip. His estranged younger brother surprises him and they take a little life adventure together. They deal with some unresolved issues and bond together. Yeah that’s what I got out of it. You don’t really get much backstory at first and I really had no feel for the characters whatsoever. I didn’t really care if they reconnected if I’m being honest. The traveling around Japan was cool and they go to some scenic places, but there just wasn’t enough to the characters for me to bite into.
Last we have Clutter. I wish I liked this movie more because Carol Kane gives a fantastic performance. Her husband leaves her and the kids and she becomes a hoarder thinking she will get messages from him through the items. You would think that would be the oddest part of the film, but then Christians see an image on their dirty garage door and that really served no purpose. Each of the three kids have their own issues, one is sort of a mute, one could move to NY or LA and have a career, but refuses to leave his mom, and then there’s Natasha Lyonne with an eye patch. It’s a shame the movie is cluttered (pun intended) because Kane is pretty amazing in it. It’s odd and quirky which I usually like, but there’s just too much going on. Carol Kane is worth watching though.