|Originally posted by SYSTEM-J |
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It also gives the game away straight from the outset that he's a dangerous character, whereas I think it would work better if you only start to realise that in the second and third act.
Fortunately the scene immediately after at the construction site sets the character properly into focus as a petty but cerebral criminal who's just more untrustworthy than he is dangerous. But the attack on the security guard still irks me as just the wrong kind of precedent. I also think the devolutionary turning point for Bloom was when he dragged the body of a car crash victim into a better field of light, as he's gone from exploiting a tragedy to manipulating one (and engineering them by the third act), and filmed with a deranged sense of artistry. I do wonder if he disabled his competition's vehicle in order to set him out of commission, or if he knew that it would lead to a sellable accident.
|Originally posted by SYSTEM-J I kinda also felt the writing on the scene where the two news anchors were narrating the footage from the house to be verging towards Simpsons-esque silliness, a bit too Kent Brockman to be believable. But then the guy I saw it with spent a lot of time travelling in the States and he was adamant that US regional TV really is that absurd.|
Oh, totally lol. I understand the film is attempting to drive a sharp criticism of media sensationalism, but that scene just felt like an unrealistic caricature of the subject, though it did a wonderful job of replicating and satirizing that polished facade of sympathy (and your friend's impressions are absolutely correct). To that point, the movie as a whole is a bit of a caricature, but I think criticisms like the one's it's making are still better exaggerated than understated.
Out of curiosity, what questions did you feel were left unresolved? I think most of us in the theater were breathing a slight sigh of satisfaction when we saw Bloom placed into handcuffs, but then I remember soon after hoping that he would ultimately be released so as to drive the movie to it's most potent conclusion: that those who profit from human misery not only escape justice but prosper as capitalist success stories.
'He traded sand for skins, skins for gold, gold for life. In the end, he traded life for sand.' Afari, Tales
Last edited by Paradox Lost on Nov-19-2014 at 10:25