LOVE ME (BLU RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
An unsolved murder has taken place in a small town. A young girl named Sylvia (Lyndsey Shaw) falls in love for a "bad boy" named Lucas (Jamie Johnston), and her friends don't approve (one of them is in love with her, the other one had a bad prior experience with him). Naturally, this guy is the prime suspect in the unsolved mystery and things start getting messy.
Is it good movie?
If you don't want to read my carefully planned regiment of words and
instead simply want the "straight dirt", know this: Love me is a pretty
lame and typical teenage thriller that simply reeks of being a
straight-up TV movie, though it is competently shot by director Rick
Bota (who has a background in cinematography). I can give credit to
Lindsey Shaw as our protagonist- her performance is solid and there's
something about her that's simply appealing. Beyond that, I'm afraid I
don't have a lot of positive things to say. Not all of the acting is
terrible, but it does manage to be quite uneven, to say the least.
Sylvia is our heroine, and she's got stereotypical friends in nerdy
Harry (who loves her), feisty Dalyn (Kaitlyn Wong) and the more "out
there" couple of Katie and Brian. They warn Sylvia as she gets hot and
heavy with the ever-so-bad Lucas, and of course she does eventually
break things off. When she does, Lucas begins stalking her and the
movie starts wrapping up.
Sorry to beat you over the head with plot details here, but this is one
noticeably predictable flick that doesn't really pay off in any sort of
satisfactrory way. You've seen movies like this several times before-
someone isn't as they seem and it's really obvious that this one tries
to "swerve" you with a "shocking" twist. Problem is, the twist doesn't
seem shocking whatsoever because almost everyone seems suspicious. The
flick isn't very subtle at all, taking you by the hand and telling you
what to think outright.
On top of that, based on what the viewer learns as we go through the
film, the big reveal is a big fart in church and just doesn't seem to
add up properly. There are police involved (one cool fellow, and one
pregnant gal), and they seem to be almost tacked on, with the most
generic dialogue possible thrown in- they barely interact with anyone.
The script is a bit of a problem throughout the flick in general,
especially during the woe-is-me angsty drama stuff.
The bottom line here is that the plot is familiar with a really stupid
swerve, the acting is only passable and when it comes time to get
violent or scary, the movie lets down on almost every front. Put it
this way- you'll have a solid, educated guess as to who the killer is
in the first ten minutes of the film. Want to spend an hour or two
figuring out either A) how right you were or B) how they try to
convince you otherwise?
Video / Audio
1.78:1 1080p widescreen is the
video presentation of the day, and it looks quite good. Skin tones are
even, details are sharp, this one has a worthy hi-def presentation.
Audio shows up in a TrueHD 5.1
mix that is actually a little bland, if not completely passable.
First, a short EPK Behind the Scenes
that runs about 6 minutes or so, with standard "this is who I play,
this is what the movie's about" interviews with the cast and crew.
Next, another 6 minute featurette called
Stories from the Set, which offers more gladhanding from the
cast and crew, a bit of behind the scenes footage and some blown takes.
Not much meat, but easy to watch.
You also get a few trailers
for 10 Years, The Howling Reborn, and Hiding.
I'll almost certainly never watch this again. If you're between the ages of 12-15 and really hard up for choices, this may be up your alley. For the rest of us, it's a lame script, awkward dialogue and a really weak mystery that features a decent performance from the lead actress. I'd avoid.