The great tragedy of Robin Williams career is that he got so few chances to play truly serious parts. Along with his performance in insomnia this is his best acting part in his illustrious career The Blu-ray picture quality is outstanding What’s this movie about? For me it’s about loneliness the profound effects it has on people One hour photo is uncomfortably stark. Everything comes together right at the end when the sensitive detective finally understands what’s happened and what has made Cy so broken, alone and ill. How can such a movie be beautiful This is down to the direction and Robins amazing acting. One hour photo is seriously disturbing and above all its unforgettable. Few movies have this level of impact.
Disturbing film quite brilliantly acted throughout, it is overwhelmingly sad in equal measure. Robin Williams plays an all too credible straight role to perfection. Williams is Sy Parrish, an intelligent, obsessive, oddball loner with a profound sense of right and wrong who works in the photo processing department of a supermarket and develops a stalking fixation on a young family utilising the department's services. Having processed a particular roll of film for a young woman, Sy is devastated to realise the involvement of the father of (in his own mind) the perfect family with her and, having recently had his employment terminated, decides to cause alarm to the supermarket manager and exact retribution on the young father and his illicit girlfriend for what he perceives to be a flagrant breach of the moral code.
This really shows another sound of Robin Williams acting skills. This film is a far cry from Hook & Mrs Doubtfire. Even Good Morning Vietnam wasn't as dark with such multiple layers in one character. From the beginning you see the ending, but that makes you want, all the more, to see how such a quiet, unassuming character, on the surface, could have come to be in such a predicament. A truly unnerving film with excellent actors, not least the great, & sadly departed, Robin Williams.
Though provoking. A family have relationship problems (Dad starts affair) and a lonely man who develops their ‘perfect’ family phots is sacked. The lonely man who already has a small obsession with the family begins to stalk them the result is creepy to say the least. Well made and kept me watching till the end.
Robin Williams shows what a brilliant, versatile actor he was in this intriguing movie about a man who you know is doing wrong but can also understand and feel so sad for, especially when his past is revealed.
An unusually subdued role for the late, incredibly talented Robin Williams, but no less powerful for it. Slow but gripping, understated yet immensely powerful. A tragic tale of "ordinary" life. My kinda gig.
This film is remarkable because it is believeable. Robin Williams is a sensational actor because he becomes the character. I became immersed in this movie from the very early stages. The tension builds gradually without ever losing the viewers interest. It is possible to suggest that the movie uses stereotypes for its character portrayal but this is not the case. Robin Williams carefully and deliberately creates a sympathetic personality which draws the viewer in only to be made to feel very uncomfortable and then repulsed.
The choice of costume and prop decoration creates a rather clinical atmosphere, ideal and to the point. The other characters also play their roles with a intuitive insight. The unsuspecting attitude of the main characters, that the one hour photo man has a dark side, relates to everyday life. Michael Vartan's role as the cheating husband, believing that his indiscretion will go unnoticed and will not pose a threat to his happy family life, is well portrayed.
It is wrong to say that I enjoyed this movie because its message is serious but I am really pleased that I have seen it. If the success of a movie is that it is realistic, this one is up there.
Probably the creepiest film I've seen: some strikingly creepy moments!
Produces three wonderfully contrasting environments and really gets into the life and mind of Sy (Robin Williams).
Subtext is the key! Purposeful lighting and thought through shots to build the atmosphere you can defiantly watch this film, or some individual scenes many times over and spend a while analyzing the cinematography.
Some imagery popped in at a few moments, for the metaphor lovers among us.
The film grows a great sympathy for the character Sy, which may slip into empathy in manors you may not expect.
The film will finish and you may be left thinking for a while.
Slightly like American Psycho, but at the same time, nothing like American Psycho.
One for film analysts: those not interested in cinematography, subtle atmosphere development and subtext may become slightly bored or impatient at moments, but I'm sure will still find it rather creepy. Although do not expect a big Hollywood Saw esk horror.