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Movie Review: Unforgettable
In 1993, at 19 years old, David Lynch’s daughter JENNIFER LYNCH helmed a twisted horror comedy called BOXING HELENA starring Julian Sands and "where is she now" hottie Sheryl Fenn. The picture had some controversy tagged to its white ass at the time beyond its warped content: Kim Basigner who was initially attached to it, broke her verbal contract, bailed out on the production and got her heart shaped ass successfully sued. The film came out, got killed by critics, made no dough and we never heard of Jennifer Lynch again. Until now. The lady is back and with a vengeance at that… that payback is called SURVEILLANCE.
SURVEILLANCE sugar, spiced and everything not so nice the screen early with a surrealistically shot scene of a serial killer brutally axing out a poor couple. The slow motion heavy and audio tripped bit played over the opening credits and it perfectly set the morbid tone of what I was in for. Thankfully that feeling of artsy unease carried out over the whole of the picture. Result? SURVEILLANCE wound up being one of the more powerful genre watches that I’ve tackled this year. The flick worked me on so many levels hence getting me off on many planes. First and foremost it was an engrossing murder/mystery that pieced together a violent occurrence by showing us 3 different points of views (flashbacks) as to the incident. Miss Lynch slyly toyed with me here, playing off my anticipations, expectations and sometimes showing me half of something, to then pull out and show me the other half down the road. Yup, I was being mind-teased and was digging every second of it.
The affair also hit the
severed head out of the park as a bleak comedy. Intentional or not, the many quirky
or/and mean spirited characters here and the often aloof/offbeat dialogue they
spat out had me smirking and chuckling hard. I kept getting flashbacks of David
Finally, SURVEILLANCE was DAMN pretty disturbing at times. The last block in particular whooped me silly via its gleeful displays of human ugliness. Wait till you see that crash or that surprise shotgun blast. Ouch! I FELT THOSE! And all of it was coated in a trippy audio/visual veneer at that. Lynch’s nightmarish imagery kicked my ass to kingdom ass while her plays on music and sounds often echoed her father’s tricks when it came to novel and eerie vibes. Any negatives to spew out? Not much. The surprise of the picture wasn’t much of a "wow". I guessed it 5 minutes in. With that said, “knowing early” didn’t tarnish my enjoyment of the whole. Finally, the flick did lag in places and got a tad redundant when it came to chronicling the bad behavior of two Police Officers. But again, nothing I didn’t survive effortlessly.
At the end of the ringer I was put through, SURVEILLANCE wound up being a brave, artsy, violent and stylized exercise in the macabre - horror poetry in motion baby. You like it a tad outside the norm, keep tabs on this twisted bitch! LOVED IT!