Faces in the Crowd (Free Digital Copy)
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Would I watch again? - I might, just to see if I can catch the clues.
Story-line for the movie is simple as this:
Milla Jovovich's character, Anna Merchant, is living the good life; she's got a loving boyfriend, stock quirky best friends who think about sex 99.9% of their time together (one of them is portrayed by Prison Break's Sarah Wayne Callies, who is, deliciously awkward in her devil-may-care position as a sour woman who's inability to catch a date is tied to her bitterness toward men for passing her over for her friend) and a great gig as a elementary school teacher (or pre-school teacher, I dunno). However, one single night manages to ruin all of this when she accidently catches a serial killer, dubbed "Jearterk", in the act of raping one of his victims. In an attempt to escape, she's tossed over a railing of a bridge by the killer and suffers serious head trauma. The accident, at first, seems to have just left her winded and concussed. However, when she takes a moment to took at loved ones around her, she realizes the accident has done far more damage than originally thought. Ana begins to suffer from a rare condition dubbed "Face Blindness" and the worse part of it is that she wouldn't be able to recognize the killer if he were right in front of her.Read more ›
I was especially attracted to this DVD because it coincidentally tied in with my current reading of Oliver Sacks and V. S. Ramachandran. These authors delve into puzzling neurological problems that people develop after suffering head injury. One of the most unusual of these syndromes is "prosopagnosia," the inability to recognize faces. This is the dangerous problem that the heroine of "Faces" has after she is attacked by a serial killer.
Even though I'd read a lot of references to this condition, I had never before considered what having it would actually feel like, or what it would amount to in the daily life of a patient. Here it's shown as existence in a perpetual world of strangers whose faces subtly shape-shift every time the victim's attention is diverted.
As a viewer, this often left me as disoriented as the movie's victim. Also, I was at first inclined to disagree with this interpretation of prosopagnosia. I had always just assumed that the condition would manifest itself as an inability to attach the persona, the role, of "mother," "father," or "husband" to the appropriate face in front of you. But as I got further involved with the movie, I realized I was thinking of another, possibly related, neurological condition known as "Capgras' Syndrome," or, more popularly, as "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers Syndrome.Read more ›
Now to make things interesting, if not confusing, the film uses different actors (faces) for the same people to try to make us feel Milla's confusion. During this movie we get to learn that Marianne Faithfull is still alive and has been eating well.
The film is a slow developing thriller. The confusion aspect makes the film a bit weird, but not more enjoyable. Milla does a good job in the role and demonstrates she is not a one-sided character. The script is unconvincing, and through all the twists and turns seems to lack the depth that is required to make it enjoyable. For some reason I got the impression that women were the target audience of the film, i.e. a horror-thriller for women. I would be interested to see how women view this film as opposed to men.
No f-bombs, nudity, and not much in the way of blood.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just finished learning about face blindness in my College Psych class, movie makes great ending to chapter. Read morePublished 6 months ago by rernl17
The acting was good, and the storyline, while standard stuff, gave a clear idea of how horrifying this disorder must be. Read morePublished 15 months ago by hugh parker
Terrible, predictable, stupid movie that started to became irksome at 8 mins, and that I couldn't suffer to the end and turned it off before it ended. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ghost(Ghost(M))
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