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2.0 out of 5 stars Holy MOLE Batman... oh yeah, this isn't a kids movie, June 30, 2008
This review is from: The Lost (DVD)
I read the novel several months ago, and let this DVD sit around my house looking for the opportune time to watch it. When the kids were finally away for a little while I popped it in, and have to say... I was a bit disappointed. The short summary of the story for those who have not read the book: Ray Pye is a slightly off kilter young man in his early 20's who on a random whim kills two young women while camping. Now 4 years later the police know it was him but can not prove it. Ray's two friends who know about the killings are slowly destroying themselves with drugs and alcohol, but their obsession with the murderous Pye is as strong as ever. When the rejection of several women in town finally sets Ray off, he begins a murderous rampage.

The Good:
-The violence is all there, brutal and on screen.

-All of the sex is there almost to the point of soft core porn. Ray is apparently quite the ladies man.

-In respect to events, this film sticks very closely to the book.

The Bad:
-The time frame is gone, the book takes place in 1969... this is easy to tell because they follow the Sharon Tate case through the book. In the film, some of the people are dressed from the 90's, some from the 60's, Ray looks like a combination of a 50's greaser and an 80's punk with too much eyeliner. The Sharon Tate information seems to be out of kilter because there is no sense of time other than that reference.

-Ray Pye's Mole and Makeup are distracting to the viewer, with him being the only male in the film wearing eyeliner, and that ridiculously huge mole that seems to have been played up... you're eyes tend to focus on the mole and miss the rest of the film.

-The music is all over the ballpark, and in many cases the death-metal sounding music both detracts from what you are watching, and also makes the dialogue difficult to hear.

-The Dialogue on the DVD is at times very loud and at other times, impossible to make out. I am not sure if it's that the actors were mumbling or just too far from the mics but large parts of the conversations were completely unintelligible. This specifically occurs when Ray is threatening people and leans down to hiss at them in their face.

-The relationships that were so crucial in the book are completely left out in the movie; Tim is simply a body with no motive, feeling or relationship with any of the other characters. The relationship between the retired cop and the way too young for him Sally is almost confusing because so little is shown. Catharine comes across as a completely different character than in the book, her power and intrigue never come across properly.

-Many people will get upset with me for this... I did not like the way Ray Pye was portrayed... specifically at the ending... I found him to be way over the top and he ended up coming across as more of a spastic showoff rather than a truly emotionally disturbed individual. I never really bought that the character that he portrayed was capable of what he did.

In summation - This was an okay movie. I have heard people compare it to "Silence of the Lambs" and let me tell you right now, they are WAY OFF. There is plenty of gore and sex here to keep the young men happy, but the heart behind the story was left out.
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Initial post: Jul 24, 2008 6:50:14 PM PDT
I love this movie!!!
I love Ray Pye!!!
*SPOILER* I especially love his killing spree at the end!!!
But I agree, that mole WAS obscenely unnecessary.
Whoever that actor was though, he wore that role like a second skin.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2008 5:53:53 AM PDT
Ravenskya says:
It was quite the killing spree, I figured this movie would be right up your alley. I just wish I could have reached into the TV and jerked that mole off of his head.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2008 11:04:12 AM PDT
The fact that it wasn't real, and he drew it on himself, was mind-boggling.

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 2:12:42 AM PST
frushtrated says:
The mole was actually completely necessary. The real killer that Pye was based on did the exact same thing. Look up Charles "Smitty" Schmid. This is a photo of him with a more pronounced fake mole than Pye.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2010 9:54:39 AM PST
Ravenskya says:
I know... I just wish they had found a way in the film to have played it down a bit...

And as far as Charles... well he was just a whackadoo anyway, there are some people who just make no sense.
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