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This review is from: Less Than Zero [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I couldn't quite believe my eyes when I watched this film. As a fan of Bret Easton Ellis's novel "Lezz Than Zero", I was ecstatic to discover that there was a film adaptation and, best of all, it had actually been made in the 80s and therfore would, hopefully, capture the 80s influence that made the novel what it was. I set out to watch the film expecting it to be as thrillingly nihilistic and caustic as the novel, but was dissapointed to discover that, in making the film, Kanievska had completely missed the point. The fact that the novel's protagonist, Clay, is effectively numb to the events of the story (his most extreme emotions displayed generally being that of mild distaste and occasionally desperation) should never have been overlooked! Whilst I can accept that a story often loses aspects of itslef having made the transition from novel to film, I found it impossible to ignore the glaring deviations from the original text. Kanievska not only changed the dialogue, many of the scenes, and the plot, but also the emotions a reader/viewer leaves the story with. Here, "Less Than Zero" has gone from being a distressing account of the Reagan 80s that leaves the reader both numb and overwhelmed at the same time, to an unimpressive, underwhelming chore of a film!