Intriguing if you have the patience
, 23 Feb 2009
This film is a giant comment on fame and privacy - the lead character played by Ribisi is a movie star, married to a movie star, 'living the dream'. He supposedly has everything but then he doesn't seem able to breathe without someone demanding something from him - a picture, an autograph, etc etc. Ribisi's portrayal is unnerving, you really begin to worry about his state of mind with increased paranoia evident. He believes that he is being stalked, seeing too many coincidences in 'bumping into' people and hires a guy to look into a young couple that he meets. Here is the very clear irony, he becomes the one invading the privacy of these people, watching their every move and trying to enmesh himself in their lives. It is then when fantasy and reality start to break apart - his obsession with the couple parodies his relationship before he was famous and he becomes focused on this as happiness.
This film is incredibly intriguing, the cast is fabulous and they all do a good job, the way it is shot is sometimes very striking and the look at the issues of invasion of privacy, stalking as not just an ill of the famous and the whole obsession with fame is really enthralling. The problem is the character of Gray Evans, the mind that you are looking through, is quite disturbed - I get it, that is the point, but it can make it hard for you to get into and stick with it. In the end, it was worth it though, but just not sure I'd have the energy to watch it again!
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