Release Date: May 6th (NYC-Village East Cinemas and AMC Empire 25)
The Cast: Michelle Williams, Meat Loaf Aday, Tim Ginee.
BASIC PREMISE: In 1953, a young woman wants a "transorbital lobotomy" after she witnesses the murder of a friendly night club owner as well as the death of her brother.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The "transorbital lobotomy" is an inventive and occasionally funny plot device. Definitively, it is a method by which a neurologist uses an ice pick to tap the frontal lobe of the brain in order to erase any painful memories--leaving black eyes. Sounds like a 50's version of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, right? Think again. This film has mediocre acting and a weak script that never really goes anywhere. It tinkers with interesting ideas, but it is presented in a contrived way--especially because of the mediocre acting. However, on a positive note, the cinematography is very good, especially during the scenes when Michelle William's character is walking on the beach.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: There are a lot of thought-provoking question that this film raises, such as what is the line between sanity and insanity? Is there really a cure for insanity? How does one know when to trust a doctor? Those are difficult questions with even more difficult answers. Unfortunately, none of these questions are full answered by the end of the film.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: The transorbital lobotomy itself is crazy and it is hard to imagine that patients, especially younger ones, would chose to endure it.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 4
THE BOTTOM LINE: A very well-shot film with mediocre acting and a crazy, although inventive plot with not enough insight.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (2nd Run)
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