Reviewed byTony Heck (email@example.com)Vote: 5/10/10
"On that first night of course we didn't know who you were, or what youwould do to us, or what you would do to me." Martine (Ryder) is a NewYork playwright who is getting a chance to direct her boyfriend in anew play she wrote. Soon after rehearsals begin an unknown actor,Tyrone (Franco) shows up and begins to cause tension. His acting isgood but he is hostile to everyone except Martine. While the rehearsalsare going on Martine begins to become paranoid and thinks someone istrying to kill her. Her re-writes of the play begin to confuse theactors and the line between life and paranoia are blurred. First of allI will say this is not terrible but this is another movie that tries tobe artsy for the sake of being artsy. I find the easiest way todescribe movies sometimes are to compare them to others that many haveseen. I open with that because it seemed like this movie tried it'shardest to be like "Black Swan" but never quite making it. Very limitedscenery and actors but the main focus is on Martine's slow descent intomadness. You begin to question if she is just overly paranoid or if herconcerns are legit. This is the type of movie that keeps you wonderingabout that which helps you make it through. Overall, an OK movie buttried to be artsy for the sake of being artsy. I give it a B-.
Reviewed byjustbusinessthebookVote: 3/10/10
Okay... I like movies that challenge me to think. But boring me todeath as they lead me, an hour later, to pause it because, by god, bothmy date and I have fallen asleep...?
Art? Yes, this movie is art BUT, I would rather look at some paintingson a wall.... and watch the paint dry... And this review page requiringme to write 10 lines of review on a movie that can be summarized infive lines is almost as bad as being subjected to this movie in thefirst place.
Pretty Winona and all of the pretty men in this movie did notcompensate for the loss of realization by the production people thatthe art of movies must have some emotional rewards or they are merelynice paintings 'on celluloid".
Good acting, I suppose, given the demands of this movie's intent topuzzle and intrigue. But endless weaK intrigue and puzzling dialoguewith brief hints of the final analysis dd nothing to stop my eyelidsfrom dropping shut. The reality is, me thinks, that most of us willfind this movie as something we might add to 'an art collection' thatwould never make it to our display walls. This would be because wewould fear too many of our friends actually beating their head, infrustration, upon 'the painting' so that they would never be subjectedto it again... or so curious to watch it again and again, to find 'whatdid I miss'?, that they finally awaken to realize that they have justwasted hours of their lives.
Or, perhaps, awakening to the realization that this was boring art isnot a waste of time for others? It was to me. A movie I would not havewasted my time on had I visited this review page first...
Reviewed byfaithisagoodthingVote: 10/10/10
When I first saw the trailer for this movie on YouTube, I like manythought are you joking.
The quality of the trailer was shockingly bad but I was still intriguedbecause I loved James Franco's work and as well as a welcome return ina leading role by Winona Ryder, since I have been a fan of her work formany years.
Though, as it has already been stated, this movie is not to everyone'staste, but I'm not sure why this movie has such a low rating either?When you actually watch the movie, the quality seems to be alright.
Yes, it has extremely complex levels of dreams by Winona's character(Martine), yet still very much entertaining. I thought the whole castacted strongly and were great.
It kind of reminded me somewhat of elements of Black Swan, Inceptionand Francophrenia especially in terms of levels.
Sometimes, people classify movies as bad, if they can't breakdown thestory quickly but I still felt the character's were warm.
However, I appreciate a movie that makes you think, and if a repeatviewing is necessary then why not? Anyway, I don't really want to giveany spoilers away but I do think more people should view this movie andform their own opinions on the conclusion.
It's actually not the worst movie you could ever see and I enjoyed itbut maybe, I'm biased because I love James and Winona. Seriously, itdeserves a higher rating.
A playwright(Ryder) who begins to mentally unravel before premiere night. She is plagued by dreams and visions of being watched, but cannot decide if she is at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality.