Highly Overrated But Still Good
Good films always raise compelling questions, whether the format is fiction or documentary fact.
It really made me laugh, but for some moments I was tearing up because I could relate so much.
Unshakable, witty and deeply felt, the film will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time.
The main character (played by Nick Stahl) resembles actor Alexander Siddigas a bud at all , his son , a strong resemblance , both in blood.And if you look closely , they are very similar, in terms of genetics. Given this scenario and direction , the film turned out good .But rather specific , the basic idea of the film is very recessed in behavioral traits , while retaining the plot,I mean, the plot is not smearing , but a little boring .Watch is not for everyone, and At least those who can digest the mainstream movie - how to look inside the life of a psychopath (s)that at least some sideways , but still remains a man . The basic direction - with the main character, from his experiences as a child (which is gradually revealed in the story )And then - the result , further experience and the final act.
Allen Meneric (Nick Stahl) is committed to a psychiatric institution after killing the wrong man for raping his girlfriend. There he deal with violent patients (Dash Mihok and Pruitt Taylor Vince). Once he is allowed into the minimum security section, he meets a beautiful bipolar female inmate Mia (Olivia Wilde). The institution is loose with security, and Dr. Lofton (Shohreh Aghdashloo) in charge refuses to address. Inevitably things go wrong.The story meanders quite a bit. It takes a few detours into the killing, his past while we wait for the action to start. The pace is rather slow and the action doesn't start till the end. Nick Stahl doesn't have enough emotional drama. If this was a character study, they needed to get him to overcome emotional hurdles.
A decent but troubled young man (Nick Stahl) is sent to a psychiatric institution for the criminally insane and soon finds himself in a fight for his life battling ghosts inside his head and very real enemies all around him.This film has received generally low ratings and reviews, and I find that unfortunate. I saw one review saying this film had no point. I will not even address that. I did find it extremely odd that an intelligent young man was put in a psychiatric ward when he is clearly a rational person. What he did was heinous, but completely understandable and not in any way due to mental illness. But, oh well.That issue aside, the acting is great (without the need for "big names"), the story is fantastic (not your typical prison story), the directing is more than adequate. The actor who plays Ben really steals the show. I am sad to see that Olivia Wilde does little more than serve as the romantic interest. Her mental issues could be a good story of their own, but are more or less completely ignored.Great film? Probably not. But better than average and worth seeing.
Watch this one for the acting. We get to see some pretty mainstream actors playing crazy, and it is gripping to watch. Olivia Wilde gave a phenomenal performance. I enjoyed her in this more than anything else I have seen her in. Olivia really went to a vulnerable and broken place to play this role. The story was simple, but this movie wasn't really story driven. In contrast, the characters were deep, and the actor's performances carried this movie. We don't really see the characters grow, or change, except for some subtle realizations at the end. What we do get is a slowly deepening glimpse into the minds of some some very confused people and the deeper we go, the more human they become to us. This movie is really trying to tell us that among the most damaged people in our society, while many are beyond redemption, others are just trying to find happiness, and to figure out what that is for them and if it is even possible given their flawed natures.