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Watch with a bottle of rubbing alcohol or Bactene.,
This review is from: Wake in Fright (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I'm having a little trouble giving this 3 stars but I think many of you, that will look at this, will be avant gaurde viewers; You find acceptance for a movie set to -not just- a different drum beat but a beat that's a bit disturbing. Over all it's not a fast paced movie, and the little action is sparse. The filming is good. I think that the acting is fine, and some might say that Donald Pleasence is superb.
***There are a few scenes- real filming- of animal cruelty. This film probably sets a stage for a huge philosophical discussion with friends. It will leave you with many questions about whether you 'got' the film's meaning, and only if you are sure about your take will you feel that you know. But the others will be just as 'right'. I feel that it's either dark existentialism or nihilistic. For those of you that saw "The Grifters" and wanted to take a shower after, this will make you want to take a shower and get an inoculation.
This is not a fun film, this is not a happy film, this is a film about a terrible vacation that is the result of poor judgment. A man says: "You know what? I'm going to walk into a hell- which I do not need- and ruin my life, today."
My definition of FILM NOIR is different then you usually hear. I say FILM NOIR is: "Nothing will ever come of this." And all main characters will forever be lessoned from the experience. This film is thus: 'film noir'. Many seem to feel that this is a jewel but I feel that it's a contaminated scab.
But if you're a film buff... well then you probably should watch this.