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April Showers

4.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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A look inside a tragedy through the eyes of a survivor. Based on actual events, April Showers is about picking up the pieces in the direct aftermath of school violence. Set in a middle class suburban neighborhood, April Showers focuses on the lives of a handful of teachers and students as they attempt to make sense of a world that has just been turned upside down by one of their own. With the community and an entire nation caught up in the 'story', the students of Jefferson High must turn to one another for answers. In the wake atrocity, the rifts caused by misinformation and a frenzied media prove difficult to overcome. Lost and lonely under the international spotlight, one young man navigates his way through his almost indiscernible home. From quaint suburban town to battlefield turned media circus, Jefferson High provides the backdrop for Sean's struggle to cope with the loss of his friend April. [US Import, NTSC Region 1]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kelly Blatz, Daryl Sabara, Tom Arnold, Illeana Douglas, Ellen Woglom
  • Directors: Andrew Robinson
  • Writers: Andrew Robinson
  • Producers: Jenna Edwards, April Wade
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Studio: Pure Motive
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027CT8VG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,187 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "April Showers" on IMDb

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By M. Harboldt on June 1, 2009
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I purchased April Showers after watching the trailer online. I didn't know if it would be good or not, and believe me when I tell you that it is well worth the price. In this emotionally charged movie, Sean (Kelly Blatz) is distraught over the loss of one of his friends to a school shooting. I think everyone remembers where they were on April 20, 1999, when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot 12 fellow students and 1 teacher at Columbine High before killing themselves. I think the director of this movie, who survived a school shooting himself, should stop whatever he's doing right now and pat himself on the back. A fresh young cast and amazing cinematography truly make this movie the best I've ever seen.
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From new filmmaker Andrew Robinson -- an ex-Columbine student who attended during the infamous April 1999 tragedy -- comes a movie that most people still believe should be unfilmable: the 1999 Columbine school shooting. Of course, because the material is such a sensative subject, there were films made that were loosely based on the Columbine shootings: Elephant: A Film By Gus Van Sant, Zero Day, Duck - Carbine High Massacre, Home Room, and The Final. However, none have come as close to the actual Columbine tragedy as "April Showers."

I've read all the books, seen all the evidence, read through all the eyewitness accounts and researched all the special investigative reports about that dreadful day. Although it is never actually said that the school is Columbine and that the film is "based on actual events" with names changed and characters added for dramatic effect, "April Showers" is probably as close as the filmmaking community will get to the retelling of the Columbine tragedy. Who's to say if in about 10 or more years, some new filmmaker comes along and does an exact, no-holds-barred movie on the event? But, so far, this is the best of the bunch. And who better to do it than a filmmaker who was attending the school at the time of the shootings?
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Despite the kind of cheesy name ("April Showers"? Really?), I was impressed by this movie. Told from the perspective of the victims of a school shooting, the movie is like a roller coaster in that it shoots the viewer from a stand-still to 100 mph in about a blink of an eye. Cast with a majority of unknowns (at least to me), the acting was excellent, and the script realistic, if a little heavy on the romantic subplot.

I liked this movie so much better than "Elephant" (which could have been condensed to about 15 minutes), and is an excellent companion to "Zero Day", which focuses on the killers and their motives.
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I finally had the chance to see this movie now that it is out on DVD and I'm glad I made the effort. The movie is strong in all areas, the actors do an exceptional job of the nightmarish feel of the flick. More than likely they have never experienced, first hand anything of this magnitude, yet they were able to convey an all too real sense of the confused numbness that follows a tragedy like this.

The media reaction is the common dig and pry while sporting a psuedo charade of caring and understanding. The movie shows human nature to find an enemy someone to focus our anger on, and displays the political agendas that are usually pushed forward in light of these tragedies. The movie at times almost feels like the camera is itself just a news camera walking through the thick of this horrendous event capturing real loss, emotion and confusion.

Personally I felt the part of this movie that stood out most to me was the point of view of the film itself. We've seen school shooting movies an endless list of movies all trying to tackle the question of "Why?" Many simply tell the killers stories, the victims appear as they appear to the killers, faceless, emotionless and insignificant. Yet this film focuses on the all too often forgotten about victims, the survivors themselves. The survivors are left with the guilt, the sorrow and the inevitable torment while they question what they could have done to change what has happened. This is where this movie truly finds itself is in it's ability to show us the after effects on those who experienced these horrific events. I cannot imagine how I would ever be able to get up and be able to live a normal life again after living through something this awful and senseless.
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Good School shooter movie. Liked the ending (that there is no happy ending for something like that) But what really stuck out in my head was how GREAT the acting is in this film! You are going to see the kids in this film down the road in bigger things. Mark my words. See it for the story & really enjoy the skill of all involved.
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