Reviewed byDave (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 9/10/10
I viewed Gossip in a classroom setting with 26 college freshmen as a unitina class devoted to transition to college. I was pleasantly surprised atthediscussion engendered by viewing the film in a classroom setting. Thestudents responded enthusiastically and thoughtfully to the many ethicalissues presented. I recommend the film for this purpose.
The first 80 minutes or so of this 90 minute suspense thriller reminded meof some of the earlier films of Brian DePalma. It is nicely shot at anurban university (NYU?), and the colors and angles add to the introductionof the main plot device - an "innocent" rumor started as a group projectfora communications arts class. Notice how many right angles and sharppointsare present in the party and residential settings. The students felt thiscontributed to the intended feeling of edginess engendered by the first 20minutes.
The first 80 minutes are well-conceived and intricately-plotted. The plotreveals itself at an excruciatingly pleasurable pace, and a nice twist isthat the character of Derek appears to know no more than we, the audience,do.
The ending is abrupt and somewhat derivative, but, in post-viewingdiscussion, we were able to identify a number of clues to the ending whichthe director has sprinkled throughout.
A dark, cine noir feeling to the production results in a film a bit out ofstep with the 21st century, but one that should be satisfying to fans ofthegenre.
Reviewed byquasproVote: 9/10/10
I am surprised that Gossip so far has received rather low ratings. If youlike Shallow Grave - then you will probably like this movie. It is verysimilar in concept with 2 guys and a gal living together with somewhatplatonic relationships. But the movie is actually more about somethingelsethat is very intense and suspenseful. I thought this movie was verycaptivating... all the way to the end. The acting was ok and the characterDerrick Web is very well played by X-men star mardsen. If you like toguessat endings, this movie will give you a good ride.
Reviewed byOreoloveVote: 8/10/10
Well, not totally. But it definitely left something to be desired. The plotstarts out well and is very intriguing. However, the story takes some twistsand turns that make it confusing and unbelievable.
The plot begins with three college friends, Cathy (Lena Headey, "The Devil'sAdvocate,") Derek (James Marsden, "Disturbing Behavior,") and Travis (NormanReedus, "Deuces Wild,") who find they are very good at starting rumors. Theydecide to use this talent to do an experiment for a class in which theybegin a rumor, track it around campus, and see how it changes and spreads.The poor subjects of their experiment are Beau (Joshua Jackson, TV's"Dawson's Creek") and Naomi (Kate Hudson, "Almost Famous.") While at aparty, Derek discovers a situation between Beau and Naomi that soon becomesthe rumor. However, when the rumor takes a drastic turn and students startaccusing Beau of rape, Cathy and Travis must try and convince Derek thatwhat they've started may lead to something worse. And when Naomi is founddead, the three roomates must fight among themselves and their consciencesto fix a rumor that gave them more than what they bargained for.
James Marsden gives an excellent, evil performance. Norman Reedus puts a lotinto his character that excels in the end. And Joshua Jackson gives awonderful performance as a wrongly accused man. I found Lena Headey and KateHudson's acting somewhat bland and boring. The movie seems to try too hardwhen trying to surprise you. In fact, it tries so hard that it creates waytoo many "I have an ulterior motive" and "I'm not what you think I am" sidestories. If it just went down to the basic facts and left a little of theconfusion out, it would have been much better. Possibly a 10 star movie.However, because I got hopelessly lost by the end, it only earned******/10.
On a beautiful college campus, something ugly is about to be spread around. A bit of gossip that was told is starting to take a frightening turn. Who could it have offended and how far will the person on the other side of the gossip handle the embarrassing situation.