Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Property of the state

Strange this movie has received little publicity. Set up to the 1990s it's about a young man who has mental health issues. Even worse, he lives in the rural country surrounded by locals who get involved and make him worse. Sent in and out of hospital and institutions he get pumped with valium and ends up killing a priest and a women and her kid in the woods. This could have been a really good movie. Sadly, it's the usual TV-drama style with lots of fast cuts and emphasis on the story. With uneven acting and direction you won't care what happens. A lot of it gets told in reverse sequence so gets confusing. The image is too slick and polished for this kind of movie. A lot of it is unintentionally funny: the overreaction of his family, the way he keeps getting help but ends up worse, the bad news TV clips, and the local Garda. You get the impression that if O'Donnell lived in Dublin he would avoid so much trouble. There are other similar Irish stories waiting to get made into movies (e.g. Abbeylara shooting) but I hope they avoid this bad style of film making.

Title: Property of the state
Genre: Bio
New/old: New
Cinema/DVD: Cinema


Rather sad article in today's Irish Independent newspaper about Ireland's most overrated female film director. She's been abroad...