REVIEW: WRISTCUTTERS A LOVE STORY
This is easily the most
bizarre movie Iíve seen this year. So, if you like bizarre
and you like dark, twisted humor, put on your indie cap and
go see this one cause you wonít be disappointed. Everyone
else, you can take the chance and you might like it but
donít say I didnít warn you if you donít. Having had a lot
more exposure to these ďweirdĒ indie films in the last few
years, Iím more accustomed to them so I actually liked it.
The concept is what drew me to it. I wanted to see how this
afterlife was portrayed. It was interesting and almost
believable. Is it realistic? Is this what hell is like, or
is this a purgatory? Priscilla and I agree that it is way
too light to be hell so I would lean more toward purgatory.
However, we donít really know for sure if itís like either
one now do we, so we can just go along with this concept for
the fun of it.
This movie was very well cast with performances that bring
this relatively weak story to life (pun intended) in just
the right way. Patrick Fugit in the lead role as Zia brings
a genuine somberness to the character. Zia recently got
dumped by his beautiful girlfriend Desiree (Leslie Bibb).
Unable to handle the pain, he decides to off himself (a
technical term used throughout the picture). But first, he
needs to clean up his apartment in the aftermath of the
tornado that had gone through . . . not really, but thatís
what it looked like. After picking up the scattered clothes,
picking up and taking out the trash, spraying and dusting,
vacuuming, and organizing to the point that it would please
an OCD person, he goes to the bathroom and becomes a
wristcutter. Now is when the real ďfunĒ begins. He is
transported to world very similar to this one, only worse.
It is pale, empty, old, run-down, and void of any happiness.
There are no smiles and no stars in the night sky. It is
inhabited by all those that have offed themselves so at
least everyone has something in common. He develops a
friendship with Eugene (Shea Whigham), a Russian
semi-professional musician. By the way, Eugeneís music is
played throughout the movie and it fits perfectly. By chance
Zia finds out that Desiree offed herself as well. Zia
convinces Eugene to take him on a quest to find Desiree in
this desolate world. Good luck! They get in Eugeneís beat up
old 1980-something Toyota Camry station wagon and hit the
road without knowing exactly where they are going, only that
they are going. Along the way they find a hitchhiker named
Mikal (the lovely Shannyn Sossamon) who claims to be there
erroneously. The guys offer to help her so she tags along
for the ride. As the relationship between the three of them
flourishes, the plot thickens.
All three main actors, Patrick, Shea, and Shannyn, were
brilliant in their performances. Even with the toning down
effect of their environment, you can still feel the
chemistry between them. In the midst of this apathetic
world, these characters have reason to strive to reach a
goal. It is their only charm. Speaking of this apathetic
world, the cinematography was masterful. There is a subtle
yet well defined coloration difference between the real life
and this world for committers of suicide. The real world is
a little more colorful while the afterlife is strongly pale
and lifeless. The views of desert lands and empty roads with
trashed cars and ripped up furniture adds to the effect.
Itís like being in the slums of a third world country. The
film did drag at some moments and was confusing in others.
If you can hold on to the basic and typical premise which is
the love story, you can manage. Director Goran Dukic also
wrote the screenplay for this project. He does a good job of
transporting you to this interpretation of an afterlife for
suicide victims. It is a far cry from that which you might
have seen in What Dreams May Come or even Constantine. Both
of those are more dramatic and severe while this one is a
lot more down to earth, literally. It makes it easier to
relate to. WARNING: SPOILER AHEAD. Call me old-fashioned,
but I love a movie with a happy ending. Goran had the
decency to grace us with one after having spent so much time
in this depressing place. I must say that it is one of the
sweetest endings I have ever seen on the big screen.
Review By Cine Marcos
1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (16x9)
5.1 (Dolby Digital).
Subtitles - English Spanish - Optional
Audio commentary with Director Goran Dukic, Producers
Tatiana Kelly and actors Mikal P. Lazarev actor Patrick
Featurette ďMaking the Final Cut: The Wristcutters
producer and cast talk about how the film was created (8:19)
Deleted Scenes: A Total of 10 deleted scenes. If you
enjoy the film probably you will enjoy these deleted scenes
Directorís Storyboard (2:49)
Patrickís On-Set Photo Gallery (5:28)
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