The Bling Ring 2013

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In the fame-obsessed world of Los Angeles, a group of teenagers take us on a thrilling and disturbing crime-spree in the Hollywood Hills. Based on true events, the group, who were fixated on a life of glamour, tracked their celebrity targets online and stole more than $3 million in luxury goods from their homes. The victims included Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Rachel Bilson.

Starring:
Emma Watson, Leslie Mann
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

The Bling Ring

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Crime, Comedy
Director Sofia Coppola
Starring Emma Watson, Leslie Mann
Supporting actors Taissa Farmiga, Erin Daniels, Nina Siemaszko, Maika Monroe
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosemarie on 28 Feb 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I have to admit that for me this is a film of two halves.

The first I found impossibly dull - the countless calls of "OMG!" as the gang invaded people's homes and rifled through their possessions did nothing to bring anything new to the subject of The Bling Ring. I also found the lack of back story to the characters disappointing. I don't feel like I ever got a feel for the motivations of the culprits, there was very little to suggest what in their lives led them to their spate of robberies. However the second half was far more compelling, chronicling the arrest and court appearances of each - I found the script was stronger here, giving the characters a more humane side (for better or worse). Each reacted differently to their being faced with the charges; some turning on one another, others quietly remorseful for their acts whilst others still used it as a chance at fame. I wish this level of character insight had been present throughout, as it would have made for a much stronger film.

The performances were also very varied. Whilst I enjoyed Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga (possibly backed by the fact their characters' family life was more thoroughly explored, with their Mother feeding them Adderall and a new age 'education'). I thought many of the other central roles were played in a manner more befitting of a cheap TV movie than a Sophia Coppola film. There was a lot of woodenness where there shouldn't have been. The direction was solid for the most part, with the exception of what I would deem a few badly chosen scenes of, again, the robberies. I think Coppola missed out on a lot by trying to focus so much on the crime and so little on the aftermath - everyone is aware that Paris Hilton got robbed. But what happened after is far more sketchy - and more interesting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cg on 9 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Appalling film, not worth watching. Thought about turning it off but we carried on watching the film in the hope it would improve. But it didn't. There was no depth to the film or the characters, don't watch.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Aug 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I love the films Sofia Coppola comes up with! I saw "The Bling Ring" last night and was not disappointed - it is a funny, shifting, tongue-in-cheek on the mark portrayal of the madness of the celebrity obsession. The obsession that results in a feeling that we know people in the public eye, and have a right to invite ourselves to their homes. And this is what happens, a posse of adolescent middle-class LA girls and their gay friend (brilliant Israel Broussard portraying a young adult who is embracing his gayness, his performance is flawless) embarked on a thieving extravaganza, targeting homes of the celebrities next door (Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan et al). Time after time, they broke into celebrities' abodes and tried on stuff, innocently bagging a bracelet or two. Those "trips" continued and the thieving escalated with the amount of publicity their gang received. As their sense of cautiousness disappeared, they started to bag as much bling as they could carry away, occasionally taking Ferraris for a ride (returning them in time of the lawful owner's return back to LA). Until, of course, they got caught and were put behind bars. For real.

As the credits started to roll (to yet another great piece of music!), a couple of girls behind me voiced their opinions: "What was that about? Completely pointless..." I felt smug. God, I felt energised and elated after the film, a bit like after watching a fine thriller. The whole experience felt like a good thriller to me - I was at the edge of my seat, tensed and a couple of times literally holding my breath (the gun scene?!).

The film is very well made. Cinematography is beautiful. There are numerous scenes that are stunning and well thought through (the night driving, when we see just the road ahead? the car crash scene?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rich S B on 4 April 2014
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This film was unbelievably, diabolically awful. The dialogue was pitched at mundane levels only previously reached in Fargo, with the difference being that Fargo's quirky characters filled the vacant dialogue with humour and irony. The story is so tediously strung out it would've been better told by a monotone narcoleptic. Never before in cinema has a single film been able to assemble such a group of idiotic central characters - by the end of the film you have such little sympathy with them that you couldn't care less. Incarceration, freedom, death by hanging. Really, it wouldn't have made a difference to the empathy created within this film.

Really, an abhorrent waste of time and energy. I would normally write a lot more but I don't even feel like vindicating it's existence by devoting any more time tearing it to shreds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Baseley on 1 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Disappointing! Cast were clearly capable and director has been marvellous in the past. I just found this structurally wanting. Within minutes the characters are robbing celeb houses. What I expected (and would have preferred) would have been the build up - the first forays, the aborted first robbery, the tentative first success, then introducing sloppiness before being caught. Instead, every burglary felt the same.

It's possible that the message was that the kids felt so little that there WAS NO build up, no jeopardy for them. I dunno, just doesn't seem very filmic with such little development.

By the end I had little idea who they were, why they'd done it... and most of all, why the celebs has such awfully inadequate security!!!
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