4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Inconsistent and disappointing,
This review is from: Rites of Passage (DVD)
So bad, I wanted to turn it off within 10 minutes but then I wouldn't have the pleasure of ripping it a new one. From the description, I expected an indy psychological thriller; I encountered an unoriginal, typical teenage horror film that tried and failed miserably at being mysterious and atmospheric. I had grave misgivings before viewing when I saw it starred Christian Slater--not that he's a horrible actor but he appears in some of the cheesiest films. However, I gave the movie a chance because it also starred Stephen Dorff--he could do nothing to salvage this film. The movie ultimately failed because it never settled on what it wanted to be: "I Know What You Did Last Summer" or "The Serpent and the Rainbow". Unfortunately, it did not succeed at being close to either film, for better or worse.
Not to give anything away,but here are some plot/development elements that informed my negative reception of this movie: entirely too many characters and insignificant subplots, no defined protagonists or any characters that you cared about or identified with, mostly undeveloped stock characters, no overriding message or morale, mystic Native American rituals without any explanation of their significance to the movie, and an imaginary talking monkey sock puppet (I couldn't make this stuff up if I wanted to). This film was like watching a LSD-induced visual interpretation of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" without the talent and genius of Freddie Mercury to bring it all together. Definitely, a BIG thumbs down!