WARNING!!! PEDOPHILE RELEASED
Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
What's it about
The aftermath of a child molestation accusation is examined in this excruciatingly boring “film".
Is it good movie?
Malachi and Echo are in love. Unfortunately, he is eighteen and she is twelve. After a love letter is discovered, Malachi is arrested, interrogated, and ultimately imprisoned for six years, though both parties insist that nothing other than kissing and holding ever happened. While Malachi is in stir, Echo is gang-raped, disowned by her family, and spends years on the streets, turning tricks and getting high. Eventually Echo and Malachi’s mom find each other, and cobble together a life while waiting for his bid to end. When it does, things are not as rosy as hoped. Malachi is traumatized by things that were done to him in prison (take a guess) and now finds his face plastered all over town on sex offender flyers. Can these broken people glue together the shards of their fractured lives?
The above description probably makes the film sound like either a gritty, unflinching look at usually undescribed problems of society, or at least an offensive, exploitive cash-grab. In fact, WPR is neither. Shane Ryan is most notable for his Amateur Porn Star Killer films, but this attempt to turn in an arthouse rendition of social commentary is a failure on every conceivable level. None of the meaty issues it claims to be about are explored in any meaningful way, and instead we are treated to interminably long scenes of Echo walking to and from places over an alt-rock soundtrack. The gang rape is shown in relatively discreet flash-cuts, but then we are treated to a close-up shot of Echo washing her vag in a gas station bathroom. And when we finally get to Malachi's release, it is pretty much the end of the film, which is fine, because it is actually worse when people start talking. Not a single character utters a single believable bit of dialogue, and I was sort of hoping a train would come along and run them all over.
Other reviews for this film I’ve read laud Ryan for his camera work and use of visuals, which frankly strikes me as insane. I mean, sure, if you went around and shot exteriors for days, you’d eventually end up with some usable shots, too, but a twenty-minute walking scene? And every once in a while he will throw editing effects on, like a cartoon effect or black and white, which comes off as random attempts to appear like he had a plan for any of this. It is painfully apparent that there was no real script to speak of, and even the title cards irritated me. There is quite simply nothing about this film that held my interest or made it worth my time at all. In the words of Tom Servo: just because you can edit doesn’t mean you should.
Video / Audio
Video: Shot on video, and copious editing effects were used, often to annoying affect. The photography itself is passable, if not the content.
Audio: I don’t know the stats on the audio, but I can say that the music sounds good, but the dialogue is way too low, so you’ll end up turning the volume up and down throughout the course of the viewing.
Thankfully none. If there was a commentary I’d have to listen to it, and then I’d have to stab myself in the face. It is interesting to note that there is no actual DVD menu. It begins with a forced trailer for the two APSK films, and then segues directly into the film.
I really do hate to be so rough, but this movie rankled me. It is boring, amateurish, and chooses to waste a potentially explosive subject matter. I literally cannot envision a scenario where I would watch this thing again.