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Moby Dick is far better than this Beached Whale
on 6 September 2001
This film is fragmented, irritating and pointless. In my opion after Shallow Grave it was pretty much downhill for the Danny Boil team. Yes I do think Shallow Grave is superior to Trainspotting. Well I have done it now! lol
But in all seriousness there really is an essence of desperation in the making of this film - rather than being content to explore the community realtionships that are causing strife in the island, the narrative has been rewritten to 'spice' up the action: This could have been the modern Lord of the flies, but falls far short of that. I can understand that it has tried to focus on the personal discovery of the central character, however even this feels polluted - The oppitomy of the film being the 'artistically' expressed computer game sequence - added in such a way that it seems that someone was cluching at straws to make this film 'different;' they suceeded, it is: but just not in a good way.
If you want to see how personal descovery of one's self can be obtained through interaction with mother earth - look at the textual examples seen in 'THE THIN RED LINE' or 'APOCALYPSE NOW.'
There is one good point about this film - and that lies in the photography - Darius Kondji is outstanding as always! But to sample his work in perfect combination with the mise-en-scene and narrative of a film watch 'SE7EN.' To see Danny Boil and the team at their best watch 'SHALLOW GRAVE' but don't watch this!