Make-Out with Violence [Blu-ray]
MAKE-OUT with VIOLENCE is a genre-bending tale of a boy trying to
fulfill his unrequited love for a girl who has risen from the dead.
Set against the backdrop of a summer of cicadas and swimming pools,
the film blends elements of up-beat teenage melodrama with the strange
gravity of classic coming of age stories.
It tells the story of twin brothers Patrick and Carol Darling, newly
graduated from high school and struggling to come to terms with the
unexplained disappearance of their friend, the bright and beautiful
Wendy Hearst. When a drive through the countryside surrounding their
suburban community leads to the discovery of Wendy s mysteriously
animated corpse, the boys secretly transport the undead Wendy to an
empty house in hopes of somehow bringing her back to life.
As the sweltering summer pushes on, they must maintain the appearance
of normalcy for their friends and family as they search for ways to
revive the Wendy they once knew, or, failing that, to satisfy their
own quests for love amongst the living and the dead.
Extra features include Deleted and Extended Scenes, Deleted Score,
Cast & Crew commentary, The Fugitive Brain - A Behind the Scenes
history of Limerent Pictures including shorts, screen tests and
auditions, My Saturday is Now Ruined - the process of graphic
designer Ed O'Brien, Radio Spots, Performance videos by The
Non-Commissioned Officers, Essays by filmmaker Craig Zobel &
journalist James Rocchi.
RIYL: Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead, Sixteen
Candles, and The Breakfast Club.
One of the best indie films of the decade! --Cinematical
Top customer reviews
The movie tells the story of twin brothers Patrick and Carol Darling, who have recently graduated from high school, but are struggling to get past the disappearance of their friend Wendy Hearst. When the two brothers discover Wendy's re-animated corpse they take her to a vacationing friend's house and try to re-cooperate her all the while trying to hide it from their close group of friends. As they struggle to make Wendy "Wendy" again, they try to go on with normal, everyday life. The plot is further complicated by Patrick's unreqited love for Wendy.
The movie is well done when it comes to cinematography and sound. The editing is seamless and the soundtrack is badass. The acting is hit-or-miss. The standouts are definitely Shellie Marie Shartzer who plays Wendy and Cody DeVos who plays Carol. Eric Lehning falls short, which is sad because he's the main character! Lehning doesn't quite get there with his character, Cody DeVos, who plays his twin brother, carries him through most of the film.
At the end of the day, Make-Out with Violence is a fantastic, surreal experience. Many questions remain unanswered, character's futures are left hanging in the balance but by the end of the movie, none of it seems to matter. Wendy needed to come back in order for these characters to get the closure they needed.
I give this movie 3 stars. Not because I liked it or because I disliked it or because I felt it was average. I give it this rating because to me 3 stars is the dividing point between a bad rating and a good rating. Due to my uncertainity as to what I just watched I am unable to determine if I liked this movie or disliked this movie.
This is not a horror movie. Yes it has a zombie or undead girl or re-animated dead body but there is no element of horror to this movie. (Although I could understand some people labeling this movie as creepy. Not creepy in a horror sense but in an 'icky' sense.) I do not consider this to be a 'coming of age' movie. If the movie had a message, I'm not at all certain what the message was.
Highlights: The acting of most of the cast was above average as was the dialogue, production and directing. Lowlights: the 'holes' or non-explanation of so much that happens in the movie. I want to say that this movie is a bit slow paced. However being as I'm uncertain what it was I watched, this may be an unfair statement. I don't mind a slow paced movie if I understand the point. Maybe I missed the point the movie was trying to make.
Besides being 'uncertain', how do I feel about the movie? I want to like the movie. Maybe if I understood the point of the movie or if the movie had some explanations for the holes in the plot (how the girl died, who tied her dead body up to a couple of trees after it re-animated, why she re-animated, etc. etc.) I would be able to say I liked the movie. As it is, all I can say is that I feel like I wasted my time watching this movie. I find it frustrating that I can't decide how I feel about this movie.
I don't know whether to recommend this movie or not. I can say don't watch this movie unless you have nothing else to watch and are curious about the movie. I can also agree with one of the other reviews - this is a movie you watch once, maybe twice at most and then never want to see again. That's because whether you decide this is a good movie or a bad movie, I think you will agree there is no 'enjoyment' factor to this movie. In fact, due to what I perceive as many non-explanations regarding the plot concurring with a total non-resolution to the movie's ending, I feel that the two main terms that describe how I feel after watching this movies are 'hollow' and 'frustrated'.