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post #582 of (permalink) Old 03-04-2008, 07:35 PM
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Re: Rate & Mini-Summarize the Last Movie You Saw

8 MM - Nicholas Cage is a private eye detective that called upon to solve the mystery of a mysterious videotape found by a rich widow after her husband's death. The videotape contains horrific footage that leads many of the people involved to believe that the husband of that widow was involved in a horrendous act of murder perpetrated by a third party on a teenage girl (or so it would seem at that point in time). Cage embarks on a mission to clear out the husband of that widow's wife, touching a fair share amount of money for his troubles. This journey takes him through some of the darkest and most deranged enclaves in society. The, what I like to call, "Dark Side of Porn/Adult Entertainment".

This is definitely not a movie recommended for anyone under the age of 18, unless, of course, you are willing to live with the consequences of watching such a graphic picture. This movie is not about the actor's performances. The term actor is thrown out the window the minute you watch, full screen, the rubbish videotape. You forget all about the Nicholas Cage's and Joaquin Phoenix's of this world. I don't really know how anyone could sell this to someone as a must watch movie... even if it a must watch, the sheer reality portrayed is horrific in its own right. No horror movies can come close to the sudden urge of sickness inside of one's stomach or heart when watching this movie. It is not a feel-good flick. It is a movie that portrays the sometimes forgotten part of this world for many people and to me, this psychologically-demented thriller is a perfect example of that.

On a softer note, the Joaquin Phoenix character will bring many a laughs to the viewer throughout this film. Which is a tremendous achievement for what would have been too much of "God send" performance by Nicholas Cage. What strikes me as the most riveting part of this whole project that was put forth is the tremendous camera angles that know exactly where to look when you don't want to look.

I recommend this movie for anyone that likes to push his train of tought that much farter down the road. And for anyone that thinks they know everything, because perception is not everything, and, much like in the case of Gone Baby Gone, the truth sometimes hurts more than anything.


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