Cheap Pulp Fiction - Clich
Spoiler Warning! This film was filled with clich.
A Crash wanabee
Although Crash came out in 2004 it won the 2006 Oscar. Since then, I
guess, writers and directors have tried the 'tie the vignettes
together' theme to 'make something good' approach. It rarely works,
which is why Crash is so worthy of mention again. In TAiB four separate
people in different areas of life (except they are all in LA of course
- Jeez, there's originality) are brought together in painful ways. Will
it have a happy ending (this IS Hollywood after all), and if so, for
whom? The casting and acting are excellent, each protagonist takes
their role and makes it truly his or her own. Even Garcia as the mob
boss (now there's more originality) manages to bring a new light to the
position. Brendan Fraser, (in)famous for his "Mummy" roles is truly
outstanding as a brooding hit-man. Yet despite the great cast and
potential of the story line, to me it seems too contrived. "I want to
make a movie about..." is what it seems to say, rather than actually
managing to do what Crash did - involve you with the characters. I was
interested in the characters in TAiB, but could not feel for them.
Kevin Bacon's story was shoe-horned in, too quick, not enough time to
empathize, Forest Whitaker was doomed from scene 1, and Trista? Well,
just being young and cute is not enough reason to feel for her. Worth
watching, but NOT inspiring or particularly thought-provoking - unless
you find the National Enquirer stimulating..