this movie totally ruined me for 2 days. i didn’t know what it was about when my 17 years old self picked it up at the store, by the end i felt exactly like these people did. years later i read the novel and it made me feel worse. I recently showed this to my 16 yr old cousin and he said he would never touch drugs again. i thinl ellen burstein and jennifer connelly were both AMAZING in this movie.
A routine FBI/serial killer story gets a trippy twist in the hands of Tarsem Singh. The visual masterpiece stars J Lo and skinny Vince Vaughan as a child psychiatrist and a Fed (respectivley). J Lo is running an experimental therapy that allows her to enter the mind. When a serial killer goes into coma, Vince Vaughan and Steven Webber are on the case to retrieve clues from his subconcsious, before time runs out for his latest victim.
Tarsem Singh uses the “Mind-travel” sequences to paint a twisted dreamscape. We learn that a demon has taken over the mind of the serial killer. Singh’s creative vision is more than just eye candy. Each sequence into the mind is laoded with clues to the killer’s dark upbringing. Vincent D’Onofrio gives the creepiest performance of his career. His ”demon” is the highlight of the film. Warning to anyone easily offended, this film contains some graphic scenes that are disturbing despite being beautifully shot.
He got noticed when he directed R.E.M’s “Losing my religion” video. Then he made my all time favourite movie “The Cell”, don’t judge, I will tell you why he is so amazing.
His movies are paintings in motion. He direct’s movies like no one else. He is a visionary in the truest sense of the word. Many images from The Cell and The Fall are so artistically memeorable.
As much as I love The Cell, I have to admit his second film, The Fall is his better work. It’s a beautifully crafted, artistic, benchmark film for him. Both David Fincher (Fight Club, THe Social Network) and Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are) liked it and helped to present this film to a larger audience.
Shot over 4 years in 16 countries, this film is a fairytale weaved around two people. One is an injured Hollywood stuntman, the other is a 6 year old girl with a broken arm. What makes this film so endearing is this little girl played by Catinca Untaru, who is so real its unbelievable. The director actually hid cameras in the set and had told the actress that Lee Pace, the main protagosist of the film, was actually bedridden for the shooting of the film. Most of her scenes are just actual interaction with Lee, which is why the performance is so natural.
Tarsem Singh’s next film, The Immortals, is coming out 11/11/11. I’ll probably blog about that too, but for now here is a clip of The Most Beautiful Film ever made.