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Hayley (the amazing Emily Browning) is a struggling rockstar. After the death of her band-mate and brother (played by Thomas Dekker), she sets out to write 'emotional' music that she hopes people will understand after her brother's tragic and sudden *overdose. Enzo (Xavier Samuel) joins the band, and despite the fact that Hayley is married to a journalist (Cam Gigandet - whose acting admittedly falls very flat and almost dulls the story completely each time he is on screen, the main reason for my 4 and not 5 star rating) with a family... she submits to the 'gay', but supposedly bi-sexual Enzo and they begin an affair that she claims will just last them on tour. It does; until he starts showing up with gifts and trying to interact with her children. Hayley discovers he's much more than just a part of the band or an on tour lover. *Eventually - though it becomes quite clear early on - it's revealed he's been obsessed with Plush since the very beginning. Enzo is a mad-man that will stop at nothing to get what he wants. He reveals a very troubled and abused childhood, and ultimately another side to him completely. His mother (Frances Fisher) is just as dark and twisted and plays a key role at the end of the film.
There are scenes of a highly sexual nature (some veering toward non-consent) and violence so it isn't for the faint of heart or people who are disturbed by that sort of thing. The director (Catherine Hardwicke) made references to '50 Shades of Grey' when describing her decision to go 'all the way' while filming if I remember correctly.Read more ›
But the issue is that the writing of the film is very uneven and sloppy. The opening itself is unlike anything that occurs for the next hour. In an underground mine of some kind, a mysterious person is playing with the mining equipment; pulling on pulleys and wheeling around carts full of rocks. A girl tied up in a chair is revealed as a load of rocks is dumped on her and she dies under the rockslide. The killer approaches the pile, digs out the woman's hand, and takes the restraint off her wrist. After turning her hand palm up, you see the title of the film on the veins in her wrist before really obnoxious music begins to play and the opening credits begin. The film mostly plays out like any other romantic drama; a happily married woman somehow finds comfort in a tragic event in the bad boy closest to her and provides something that her husband cannot. But it somehow completely switches gears in the last 20 minutes and tries to be this heart racing thriller that is borderline horror at times.
The music of the film is just noise, loud sounds, and most lyrics replaced with screaming or moans and groans.Read more ›
Jack (Thomas Dekker) and his sister Hayley (Emily Browning) are famous dark rock musicians. Hayley gets married to Carter (Cam Gigandet) a nice guy journalist and they have twins. Jack meanwhile OD. Enzo (Xavier Samuel) who is obsessed with their music, replaces Jack in the band. It isn't long before the formulaic infidelity and with Enzo becoming too dark for Hayley...and oh, they tie back into the beginning in a most boring way.
The lack of originality made this thriller, lacking for real thrills. Okay rental.
Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, brief nudity (Emily Browning)
Couple of comments: first and foremost, this movie is directed, co-written and co-produced by Catherine Hardwicke, who brought us the first of the "Twilight" movies, and more recently "Red Riding Hood", just to name those. This movie displays very much the same touch as "Twilight", even if the subject matter is quite different. Second, the music plays a HUGE role in this movie, and comes from uber-producer Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grinderman, and many others). The music itself is definitely along the Evanescence-meets-Paramore lines. Third, the acting performances were not quite as good or as believable as I had hoped.Read more ›
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A absolute catastrophe, a non-nucleoside polymerase slide of pure horribly clichéd e-bola virus. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Loveafew
this is a telling movie about the life and antics of a rock star, male or female. the temptations and pitfalls apply to both sexes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vincenzo C
Life of an artist, Ups and Downs.
Mystery in people.
Will things work?
Emily Browning (Hayley), starts in a world of trouble,
but somehow turns into the... Read more
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