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SCALENE is a perceptual thriller told from three points-of-view revolving around the rape of a female college student (Hanna Hall) by a mentally handicapped man (Adam Scarimbolo) and his mother s (Margo Martindale) subsequent revenge.
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While this is the basic gist of the film, it was told in a way that made it quite unique. It starts out going backwards, starting with Jacob's mother coming to try to attack Paige and saying, "I want him back." From there you go backwards, seeing the events that led up the possible rape from the mother's perspective. Then there is a scene where Jacob gets burned and for a few minutes you see things though his eyes. Then it switches to Paige's point of view, and you start moving forward in time again, leading back up to the initial attack. This may sound confusing, but it actually worked well. It gives you the perspective of all the main characters, without giving away the climax to soon.
This film invoked some mixed emotions in me. On the one hand, I liked the idea. It was unique, and the little known cast were all amazing. As someone who can relate to the struggles of having a mentally handicapped family member, I understand the frustration the mother encountered. I could also relate to Paige as the young girl who suspects abuse and isn't sure how to handle it. Though, I honestly think that anything else would have been a better than than what she decided.Read more ›
The film was made to be moving and entertain and it delivered. Otherwise, it is not particularly sophisticated but many films aren't and it never pretended to be.
I did like the backwards to foward effect of the movie. However there is a part of the movie that is a little far fetched.
Why didn't Page just follow through w/ calling Adult services? The extreme measures she takes to save Jacob did not seem realistic.
However, I did like this movie, it kept my attention, and as I said it was Very original. Take the time to rent this one. If you are an Indie fan you should enjoy it.
The mother, son, and caregiver were exceedingly well-acted ...
...and the storyline has a surprising twist that I don't want to give away.
Hopefully we'll see more of Hanna Hall, who played the caregiver Paige Alexander. She did an excellent job!
And FYI for you Justified fans, the mother was played by Margo Martindale (Mags Bennett).
The movie kept me interested throughout. I definitely recommend.
The main problem with Scalene is that it is roughly half of a very interesting movie. We get all of the setup, and then just when the story is about to kick into gear, the movie ends and you realize that what you thought was the crucial piece of the setup was, in fact, meant as a twist ending. And to be fair to the movie, it does function that way, but it still feels like setup—and that makes it lack the twist-ending punch that would at least give it the gravitas necessary to perform its function in that regard.
Jakob Trimble (Stake Land's Adam Scarimbolo) is twenty-six, mute, and somewhat mentally challenged. His mother Janice (Justified's Margo Martindale) has done most of the caregiving, though she mentions in one scene that he has also had a series of outside caregivers as well. The most recent of them is Paige (The Virgin Suicides' Hanna Hall). The film gives us a year of Paige working for Janice and Jakob through the eyes of all three participants. Something has gone terribly wrong, however; in the opening shot, we see Janice showing up at Paige's front door brandishing a gun. From there, we go back to when Paige is initially hired, and we see how we get from point A to point B.
While I think this is a minor spoiler (I have been trying to avoid spoilers throughout despite a number of them appearing in every synopsis of the movie I have read), it's really something you want to know heading into this: it is a nasty little movie. There are no good guys here. That's interesting, because the movie is set up to be all good guys; Parker is playing the meta here, and he's pretty effective about it. (There is a scene early in the movie that you may spend some time wondering about.Read more ›
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This film is challenging to follow, as the director decided to film the three characters stories separately, one in reverse order, one in linear order, and
one every which... Read more
People out there be hatin on Christopher Nolan.
People out there be hatin on Todd Solondz.
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I thought this was a horror movie. However, it is a very sad movie about a mentally handicapped young man who is being abused by his mother. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Arretamador
A nanny goes to extreme ends to end a special needs teens abuse. Well done,slow but riveting.Not a action flick,but very effective.I liked it a lot. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Tim
Caretaker .. Unconvincing ... to sum it up: Stupid movie , not even worth one star. why do people make this crap?Published on August 23, 2013 by NJ Night Rider
the movie thriller seem a bit contrite; I did not enjoy the treatment of the son by the mother who seemed to be the poster child for low self esteem and doing to much to get a man. Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by helm
I was on the edge of my seat through the whole movie. Margo Martindale is amazing. Her characters are so memorable and this is no exception. Read more
I was very impressed with this film. Shot w/ a low budget,but it looks like a million bucks! I highly recommend this to anyone who like a great mystery!Published on April 6, 2013 by Jason Dixie