HEART OF THE BEHOLDER
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Now personally I would not consider this film worthy to draw a line in the sand over. In my neighborhood they stuck the film in the adult section and claimed to have removed it from the store. This film progresses at a good clip. The drama wasn't overly intense. There was some minor humor to keep the subject matter from getting too dry.
Tony Todd plays a minor role as Chuck Berry. This was Chloë Grace Moretz debut film, and she doesn't have much of a role.
The movie tosses in an F-bomb with some sex and nudity (Katelin Chesna) which was a bit disappointing. Not that Katelin was disappointing, but that they had it in the film to begin with. It really didn't add anything to the film and could have easily been done without it, reaching a younger audience.
The basic story is of a video rental business owner who is pushed out of business by the wheels of corruption and zealotry. There are some interesting twists and turns along the way, including surprising moments of violence considering the supposed offense the owner has committed (but then, isn't that always how it is with zealots?).
The movie does seem to have difficulty figuring out its tone; I don't mind mixing it up a bit, but when a movie seems to flip-flop back and forth between a light-hearted buddy-cop style movie (with civilians taking the place of the cops) and a suspenseful thriller, it may be trying too hard, exploring too many extremes. That said, on the whole there's a real story being told here, and that it could be even partially based on real life is distressing.
Sad to say, I'm not convinced that things are really that much better today. I would not be surprised to find that our public officials and hate-mongering groups have just gotten better at covering their tracks.
It occurs to me that the film has in it a bit of the "passion play" structure. There's a close-knit group of friends, the sacrifice of one of the group, and the betrayal of him by another. Granted, it's a bit out of order and Jesus wasn't known for his thirst for revenge. So maybe I'm just reading too much into the script. But if it was unintentional, then I find the similarities all the more ironic. :)
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