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31 October 2007 @ 03:37 am
Don't watch Straightheads alone  
So, I just finished watching Gillian Anderson's new movie Straightheads (Closure in America) and it is seriously one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen. I honestly don't know if I really liked it, or if I just know that it succeeded in absolutely horrifying me.

Basic Plot: The movie is all about these two people Alice and Adam. Alice is a business woman (not sure what business) in London, very wealthy. Adam is the 23 year old guy that's installing her security system. She brings him to a party, and on the way home he gets the shit beat out of him and she gets raped (let the fun begin). The rest of the movie is her reaction to the incident, and them plotting/eventually exacting their revenge.

My Review: Like I said, this is a thoroughly disturbing film, and should be watched with discretion. If you are squeamish about rape or violence I wouldn't suggest it. I also wouldn't suggest this film if you are uncomfortable with sex scenes, because that is something that there is no shortage of (I have officially seen more of Gillian Anderson than I was ever expecting).

I was a little let down by the writing. It seemed like he wasn't quite sure which parts of the story to spend the most time on, and wound up spending too much time on unnecessary plot points, and not enough on others. Certain parts seem like they skip around too much, while others linger when they should just happen and be done with.

The directing was fine. Not the best I've ever seen, but certainly notable. Some scenes could have been shot better, but on the whole it was well done.

The acting was the one thing in this film that made it wholly worth the time. Gillian Anderson is absolutely fantastic in this role, showing with frightening believability what her character is going through and feeling after such an ordeal. Danny Dyer also does a great job as Adam, though hid character development was a bit choppy (more a writing flaw than anything).

All in all I would say its worth watching if you want to be freaked out of your mind. I think that women will have a much more noticeable reaction, since it seems to deal more with her need for revenge than his. But hey, I'm a woman, so I can't really judge for the men.

Okay, so its not my best review, but its 4 in the morning and I'm still all muddled from the movie.
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