3 Needles NR

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This intense social drama from writer-director Thom Fitzgerald chronicles the spread of AIDS on three continents.

Starring:
Mabel Adams, Asckt
Runtime:
2 hours, 9 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Thom Fitzgerald
Starring Mabel Adams, Asckt
Supporting actors Shawn Ashmore, Caroline Aspirot, Nontombi Bovana, Rob Burns, Stockard Channing, Chin Han, Tanabadee Chokpikultong, Yotaka Cheukaew, Eric Codana, Catherine Colvey, Kathryn Costello, Steven Crowder, Douglas Cwaba, Isabelle Cyr, Wentahawi Dionne-Elijah, Olympia Dukakis, Noloyiso Dusubana, Gary Farmer
Studio CreateSpace
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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"3 Needles" is a well-intentioned, serious-minded film from Canadian filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald. While Fitzgerald has a following from his previous efforts "The Hanging Garden" and "Blood Moon," this is by far his most ambitious project. He has lined up a first rate roster of talent including Stockard Channing, Lucy Lui, Sandra Oh, Olympia Dukakis, Chloe Sevigny and Shawn Ashmore. Telling three stories revolving around the worldwide AIDS epidemic, "3 Needles" was shown on the festival circuit as an interwoven piece (in the style of "Traffic" or "Babel"). However, after middling reviews, it was divided into three separate stories. Released in major cities for Oscar consideration, it was also shown simultaneously as a Showtime premiere.

The first segment, set in China, stars Lucy Lui as a pregnant woman trafficking in the black market blood business. In a small rural village, we see the repercussions as HIV contaminated blood affects the supply. The second segment stars Shawn Ashmore as a Canadian porn star. Needing money, he continues to work in the business even after he has been infected with HIV. Stockard Channing plays his mother with a very unorthodox way of providing for them after he has been exposed as a health risk. In the last third, Olympia Dukakis, Chloe Sevigny, and Sandra Oh play missionaries on assignment to help a hospital in Africa. They struggle to educate the local workers in facts, not superstitions, to help prevent the spread of the virus.

I admire the scope and the intent behind "3 Needles" very much. Obviously made as a "serious" film, I never think it's bad to use the film medium to educate on important matters. However, I felt "3 Needles" always kept me at arm's distance.
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