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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Lightning Doesn't Always Strike Twice

    Most people expected spectacular things from Richard Kelly after Donnie Darko, and what we got was a spectacular failure. The movie looks great. It really does. Visually there's something to admire in every scene. Likewise, the Moby soundtrack goes a long way. And because the visuals and soundtrack are so effective, they delude the viewer into thinking this is a good movie, but it's not. It thinks that it's funny, which it is not. Indeed, Kelly has assembled some of the funniest people of this generation, but all brought together in scenes apocolpytic in nature, NOTHING is remotely funny. It thinks itself a satire but it's never clear what Kelly is satirizing. And can we talk about plot? It either doesn't have one or thinks it has one (the latter more likely) because it's just so darn convoluted you keep trying to figure out what's going on. Because your mind is so busy trying to figure out the backwards/forwards science-fiction nature of the goings-on, you're never invested in the present scenes. The final result is a movie that looks great and SEEMS to be deep and intelligent but is completely hollow and all surface. You keep thinking, as the movie goes on, that it's going to justify itself, explain itself, have a giant revelation that puts everything into perspective, but there's none of that; it's just one giant mess. And because it's so confusing, the movie deceives you into thinking its more intelligent than it is. You'll rack you're brain trying to get everything into focus because you're sure there's brilliance behind the lunacy, but then you'll realize there's nothing there to hold on to. One of the biggest disapointments I've ever seen.

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