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de palma in high heels
on January 28, 2014
this is one of those films where i wasn't quite willing to give up on it before it was over, because i kept hoping it would redeem itself. but when it was over, i wished i could get my money back.
it's a horror mystery tale in the style of brian de palma. which means, just when you think you have it figured out and know what will happen next, ha ha on you. it also means, women are victims of abuse, torture, and anguished death. and it also means, minor characters suddenly erupt into fatal significance, wield their distorting influence on the chain of events, then conveniently just disappear. a sister. an inspector. a waiter. a handyman. a husband. a parking garage attendant. a dumpy neighbor. a dead husband. a blind neighbor. a surgeon. a post op male nurse. a dumpy neighbor's daughter. a killer. a blind neighbor who isn't blind after all. onward they march, into view, out of view, twisting the plot this way and that ... meanwhile the heroine -- tall, blonde, busty, shallow, irrational, hysterical -- tramps around in high heels, bad hair and provocative decolletage, having hissy fits and panic attacks. boredom sets in and we wish that she too would march out of view. please! but no luck. she's in for the long haul. she's in all the way to the end. and the end is something to do with eyes, the universe, a cosmic view, but given what has happened up to then, it makes no sense. it's just another of those twists, they come and they go, that add up to nothing. except, you know ... ha ha on you.