The plot wants to be timely. It focuses squarely on the subprime mortgage madness of the last few years. It blasts the unregulated financial derivatives that brought down the modern bankers and their house of cards. Scenes inside the opulent offices of the
But the great production values can't push this film into top-tier status. It's good, but not great. And the attack on the excesses of our biggest corporations lacks the hard-hitting punch you expect from Oliver Stone.
A very unusual mix of art film and
With its soft, muted color palette and delicate music, there is a timeless quality about
This is a movie about love and life and how precious little time we have to enjoy it. Some may find the slow pacing boring in spite of the amazing performances. For me, the slow buildup led to an unexpectedly devastating ending.
Not having read Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel, I only knew it was a love triangle that forms when Cathy, Tommy and Ruth are children at the Hailsham school in Britain.
The students are told they are "special," and are indeed rather remarkable for being so eerily placid and well-mannered.
As they grow up, Ruth (
The secret behind Hailsham and the fates of these three is quietly, horribly revealed about midway through the film. What sets it apart from being a sci-fi shocker is the resignation and acceptance with which everyone greets their fate. There is no questioning of ethics or technology, and that is how this movie really gets under your skin.
JOHN DEPKO is a