Penelope wrote:Okri wrote:Red Lights (Cedric Kahn, 2004)
6/10 (maybe 7/10)
Solid first half hour, terrible second half hour, great final forty-five minutes. But that second act was atrocious.
What's wrong with the second act? I loved this movie from beginning to end.
I didn't buy anything in it. In fact, it was so bad I nearly turned the film off. The things that bugged me in the first act just came into fully formed "oh, come ons" in the second act.
MAJOR MAJOR SPOILERS (highlight the following to read)
[color=white]1. We're supposed to believe our main character, Antoine, doesn't drink all that often. But going to pick up his kids from summer camp is so trying that he feels the need to go to every bar along the way. Really? I'll buy it if I have to, but it didn't strike me as being completely plausible.
2. After his wife disappears, he's frantically trying to look for her. When he misses the train, he drives to the next town, so he's clearly very concerned. When he gets there and has missed it, he GOES TO A BAR, tries to buy a guy drink, and generally behaves as an ass. Again, really?
3. The film repeatedly telegraphs the fact that Antoinne will, in fact, run into the prison escapee - the radio, the bartender, the road blockade, so the aforementioned moment in the bar, which already pissed me off, becomes even more unbearable (you can practically hear the film screeching to a halt) when it finally happens.
4. Of course, he has to give the guy a ride. By this point, I was in no mood to ignore the implausibility of the situation, nor did I buy the psychological motivation. I expect this from a bad Hollywood horror film, not a "brilliant, sinister, French thriller" - courtesy Stephen Holden
5. Speaking of implausiblity, we're eventually asked to buy that the man Antoine picks up raped and assaulted his wife on the train.
Additionally to all that, the second act is marked by a sheer lack of tension. There's a great image in the end (the bloody escapee and Antoine's terrified faced) which convinced me to continue on, and I'm glad I did, because largely speaking, the final act is terrific, but sakes alive, I hated that half hour.[/color]