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4.0 out of 5 stars A great performance by Robin Williams, 16 April 2003
This review is from: One Hour Photo [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Robin Williams is having a good run in straight roles lately. His follow up to Insomnia, while not a masterpiece, delivers an intense cinematic experience which looks sharp as a developed photo on DVD.
Given the film's subject matter - lonely photo developer Si Parrish (Williams) develops a dangerous obsession with one family whose pictures he processes- every frame of the film is crisp and beautifully shot in a sterile style which reflects Parrish's soulless existence. Williams' performance is the antithesis of his earlier roles. Restrained, quiet and really quite frightening, he invests Parrish with the sort of desperate loneliness that many feel but never act on.
Several key scenes in the movie stick in the memory - our twisted protagonists' living room wall, covered in prints of his target family - his fantasties about becoming the new father figure - and most chillingly of all, his encounters with the family's young son, vulnerable and away from his parent's protection. Williams brings just the right amount of empathy to the role to make you pity rather than hate Parrish.
It's well paced and draws you in slowly - held together by Parrish's descent into madness and the final confrontation scene is uncomfortable viewing, but does take a few risks - don't expect to see the juicy murders so common to other films of this type. Had they taken that route, it would have detracted from the film.
There are no real surprises as to how the movie is going to turn out - but One Hour Photo is a solid slice of genre thriller that's well worth a couple of hours on a Friday night.
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