2019 TIFF Movie Review: THE GIANT (USA 2019)

The Giant Poster
A teenager’s small town life is changed forever when a series of murders begin on the same night that her missing boyfriend suddenly reappears.

Director:

David Raboy

Writer:

David Raboy

Writer/director David Raboy tackles for his debut feature after shorts THE GIANT and BEACH WEEK an ambitious dark suspense thriller.  Charlotte’s (Odessa Young) life is changed forever when the teenager’s small Georgia town is shaken by the beginning of a series of murders on the same night that her missing boyfriend coincidentally reappears.  

As an unknown killer on the loose preys on young women over the course of a summer, Charlotte has to navigate this new danger while also struggling to recover from the trauma of her mother’s recent suicide.  With his cinematographer Eric Yue, Raboy creates an eerie atmosphere with stunning visuals aided with a solid soundtrack.  

But Raboy’s choppy narrative, often inane dialogue and fondness of  beginning each segment vaguely lends to a film that is both difficult to understand or make sense.  The introduction of the supernatural element only near the film’s end adds to the confusion.  A good-looking disappointment!

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TIFF 2017 Review: ASSASSINATION NATION (USA 2018)

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2018. Go to TIFF 2018 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

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Trailer

This is a thousand percent a true story about how the quiet, all-American town of Salem absolutely lost its mind.

Director:

Sam Levinson

Writer:

Sam Levinson

ASSASSINATION NATION had a standing ovation at the Midnight Madness premiere at TIFF – not so much that the film was any good but for the spirit of the director, actors and publicity that included a full band entering the theatre during the closing credits to perform the end song in unison with the band playing on the screen.  

The film opens with a barrage of audience warnings (and with reason) of the countless ways one’s sensibilities could be shattered by is about to transpire on screen that includes pedophilia and rape.  Set in the suburban community of Salem, the film’s mayhem first ignites when an anonymous hacker starts exposing the private data of select citizens. When the hacker suddenly exposes half the town, an initial wave of righteous public shaming gives way to a violent mob mentality of paranoid prejudice where the pitchforks are no longer proverbial.  

The target are 4 high-school girls.  So it is them s. Salem with the audience clearly on the girls’s side.  Lots of glorified violence, inane dialogue and scenes that have continuity problems and make no sense. 

But this is after all a Midnight Madness movie and the audience loved the film, despite its flaws.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9qyOGEuLY4