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"Stop calling me that, my names Dakota!" [Aubrey]
on 11 July 2015
This is a 2007 psychological horror in which Aubrey Fleming [Lindsay Lohan] is a budding pianist who gives it all up to become a writer. After she is abducted and mutilated by a sadistic serial killer, she manages to escape and is taken to hospital but after she regains consciousness she insists that she is Dakota Moss, the character in her writings and has no memory of her former life as Aubrey. Explaining more will ruin the plot.
Currently in the top 50 `worst' movies of all time, and slated when released, this isn't all that bad in reality. What lets it down is the poor direction which breaks the film almost into 15 minute segments of bad movie -good movie. It starts slowly then Aubrey gets kidnapped and the movie starts, only to slip again and so it continues. As the police try to find the serial killer, Aubrey is uncooperative, insisting she's Dakota and will not say how she became mutilated. It's all put down to stress, but is Dakota telling the truth -she certainly thinks so.
Lohan plays the part convincingly but the lack-lustre script fails to grasp the feelings of despondency and frustration as her story is shunned, only her boyfriend seems to believe her, but he then exits the story and other threads are similarly truncated. As for the disc it loads to three trailers then goes to main menu offering play, scene selection, set up [2.0or 5.1, subtitles on/off] and special features alternate start and end, extended dance scene and bloopers]. None of the latter adding to the movie. There is some gore and scenes of torture, so not for the squeamish. At less than £5 [including postage] this is worth getting providing you can get through the first 15 minutes or so and you know nothing about the overall plot, otherwise there will be no twists and it will all seem a bit lame.