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Anton Yelchin who starred in Hearts in Atlantis with Anthony Hopkins and "Charlie Bartlett" is one of the best things about the film. His character Finn Earl seems like a teen who is always going to land on his feet and adapt to the many curves life throws at him. The violation of the boy is so charged that it makes what seemed like a romantic comedy suddenly dark and sinister. Chris Evans starred in Cellular (New Line Platinum Series), "The Fantastic Four" and this year in "Street Kings." His character seems warm and happy-go-lucky until we come to see the darker side. Evans never fully took me to the dark side or made me believe he was capable of the acts on which the film hinges. He was much better in the comic romantic aspect of the film. Diane Lane is so beautiful and natural as an actress, but again her casting as a boozy lush never really was believable. She never took us completely to the dark side.Read more ›
Our narrator Finn Earl (Anton Yelchin) lives with his coke-addicted masseuse/sexually obsessed mother Liz (Diane Lane) in New York, waiting for the summer when he is to join his anthropologist father on a field trip to South America (a father he knows only from letters and videos), when a drug bust abruptly changes their lives: one of Liz's wealthy clients Ogden Osborne (Donald Sutherland) rescues the down and out family and moves them to his ten acre estate, the epitome of wealth and power. In exchange for being Osborne's private masseuse, Liz and Finn can live in the mansion with the 'filthy rich' Osbornes - daughter Mrs. Langley (Elizabeth Perkins) and grandchildren Bryce (Chris Evans) and Maya (Kristen Stewart). Osborne and his physician lead Liz on the drying out path and Finn bonds with Osborne and his grandchildren, and despite the disparity in poor versus wealthy, the living situation works - for a while.Read more ›
And yet the five stars, yes. There are two reasons for this.
The first one is that "Fierce People" doesn't deserve a three-star rating. It deserves at least four.
The second are the leading cast. Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland are superb, even if they don't really have much to play. Anton Yelchin is the true star of the movie and - just like anything else he's been in - he does a wonderful job. His character Finn is smart and naive, lively and contemplative, and also sort of dense. That is, until he is forced to grow up fast and deal with a trauma that could haunt him for life if he lets it. Yelchin has some really tough dramatic moments to pull through, and he is brilliant in them.
There is a certain subtlety in the movie. You can't really say it tries to *tell* you anything, but it is not empty either. This is where the "Robert Altman" part kicks in, and even if "Fierce People" is not on this level, it still manages to speak without saying things outright. It has its flaws, and this lack of clarity is a deffinite one in the end, but it's far from stupid. Like I said at the beginning, the movie is unsure of what it is trying to be, but what it ends up being, is good enough, and the acting is amazing.
If that is enough for you, go ahead.
Oh, and the cover is ridiculous. It makes "Fierce People" look like a romantic comedy. It's not. It's anything but romantic comedy.
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I'm probably not being fair because the acting was very good, I love Diane Lane (the screen loves her), and interesting plot. BUT it really needs a trigger alert. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chococat
Not bad, has a great cast, felt like it had no point for a while but then it finally picked up.Published 10 months ago by Jamie Quattrone
This is an interesting movie and has some good and some disturbing parts.I enjoyed it overall.Published 10 months ago by Anessa