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Dead Man's Curve [DVD]

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  • Actors: Matthew Lillard, Michael Vartan, Randall Batinkoff, Keri Russell, Tamara Craig Thomas
  • Directors: Dan Rosen
  • Producers: Jeremy Lew, Theodore Schipper, Michael Amato
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Prism
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Feb. 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00077286A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,114 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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College students Chris and Tim see no chance of getting into Harvard on academic ability alone. However, there is a sure-fire way of obtaining the grades they need by other means: if their room-mate Rand kills himself, they will automatically be given straight A's on compassionate grounds. The only problem is that Rand is in a distinctly non-suicidal frame of mind, which means that Chris and Tim are going to have to give him a helping hand.

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I don't believe that I bought this film from Amazon.co.uk but I'm re watching it as I type this review. I remember when this originally came out, my local flea pit odeon didn't screen it (cannot imagine why). The film is enjoyable. However there are NO subtitles. And the picture is horrifically mangled (no widescreen here). At only 87 minutes the film is brief but memorable. Matthew Lillard is outrageously ott which is good. Michael Vartan balances out his mania with a controlled performance. Nothing is what it seems in this genuinely thrilling picture. There are, of course, twists galore which only adds to the films greatness. A slight film, yes, but no less entertaining. Worth a watch for a rare leading turn from Randall Batinkoff. Trust no one. Not even your closest 'friend'/roommate. This is a dark film with very little comedy but is a thriller not a comedy.
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Dead Man's Curve revolves around an urban legend that if your college roommate commits suicide, you get pass grades for the term to help ease your pain. Enter Chris {Michael Vartan} and Tim {Matthew Lillard} who decide to test this theory by offing their buddy Rand {Randall Batinkoff}. It's a deliciously evil premise that thankfully, in spite of the film's low reputation, makes for an enjoyable genre spliced viewing. Directed and written by Dan Rosen, Dead Man's Curve has a clever plot at its core, our pair of rotters, tho Chris is a sheepish accomplice to the dominant Tim, set it up nicely by way of chatty concerns with the school psychologist and the shifty purchase of depressing music. Aided by some women troubles in the mix, the pair execute their plan, but all is not quite that simple. As the plot unravels it twists and turns and delivers an ending that is as genius as it is unexpected. And that's in a good way as well.

The young cast, handsome and ebullient, do fine work here, particularly Lillard, who expands on his loony turn in Scream from two years earlier with much maniacal relish. The older actors however don't fair so well, courtesy of either being underwritten or merely for being plot fillers. But hey, if all lady psychologist's look like Dana Delaney then I'm going to sign myself up for a bit of therapy. Naturally with a premise like this it's far from perfect and the implausibility factors are high, but Rosen has a wry observation on American dorm life. Be it the pressures of success or the need to be part of a group, Rosen and his on form cast have created a darkly comic piece of devilment. The soundtrack is excellent, and for sure it's laden with misery from the likes of The Smiths and Bauhaus, while the Elk Neck Lighthouse location work evokes memories of tidy creepers from days of yore.

A fine story told and executed well, give it a go and you may just be as pleasantly surprised as I was. 7/10
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With today's fast evolution of the video market, DVDs are becoming so cheap, destocking, competition from Blue-ray, and all kinds of pirating, that we can get DVDs for less than five euros, if not less that five dollars, if not even less than just plain nothing. So when I got into that one, I thought I was entering some kind of college comedy for teeny boppers looking for some soft sexual kicks. But that impression vanished within fifteen minutes and was replaced by the new question whether this film was one more psycho serial killer, and that did not last even a second quarter of an hour and we moved into an absolutely fascinating variation on the eternal crime story in which we cannot know who is killing who and who is going to be killed next and who is the real serial killer and who is the real designated final victim and how that absolutely foolish but so intricate conspiration is going to be sold to the police, the FBI and all kinds of authorities as a legitimate suicide or natural death. And it became quite enjoyable after a while and even a little bit more with the elapsing minutes and dozens of minutes to a final punch-line I will not reveal because it is too funny and it proves that anyone can lead anyone else into believing anything they want because the others want to believe anything they are told provided it is slightly bleak, slightly sad and slightly reassuring in its disquieting nature. Enjoy that piece of foolery.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2012
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When I was in college, the story was that you got a 4.0 if your roommate died, but now it seems that said roommate actually has to kill himself/herself for the rule to apply. Of course, no one actually believed this urban myth (thank goodness - my first roommate was an avid hunter). According to The Curve (also known as Dead Man's Curve), however, most state universities actually have this rule in place - and it's not exactly a secret. That being the case, it was only a matter of time before someone exploited this little loophole for his/her own gain.

Don't worry about having pity for the poor victim of this little scheme, for Rand (Randall Batinkoff) is inherently unlikable - he's a slick and spoiled child of great wealth who treats everyone around him like dirt, especially his mousy girlfriend Natalie (Tamara Craig Thomas). Despite this, his two roommates don't really hate him. Chris (Michael Vartan) is just desperate to get into Harvard grad school and Tim (Matthew Lillard) - well, Tim's just messed up in the head. You may remember Matthew Lillard from his role in Scream; he's playing the same kind of psychotic character here - only more psychotic and even more brutish and annoying. Chris is no genius, either, having believed that killing Rand and making it look like suicide would be a simple act to pull off. Serious repercussions - and major plot twists - follow in the wake of his and Tim's actions.

The Curve is an odd little film.
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