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Review: Black Swan

Bluray Review

Black Swan Bluray 001This film has been reviewed so much I really don’t think I’m going to bring anything new but I need to give it try.This is about Nina Sayer (Natalie Portman) a young ballet dancer who dreams of dancing the role of the Swan Queen in the ballet Swan Lake. It seems her dream is coming true when Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) the director of the ballet company chooses her for the role – the problem is that his production calls for the dancer dancing the Swan Queen to also dance the role of the Black Swan. Nina’s obsession with technical perfection as well her withdrawn personality are what gets in the way of convincingly dancing the primal seductive role of the Black Swan.  Another dancer Lilly (Mila Kunis) is more fun, relaxed and sexually mature than Nina and is also the alternate choice for her role which makes Nina nervous. She also has a mother who treats Nina like a little girl, gives her no privacy and wants to know where she is every hour of the day.  The pressure takes it toll on Nina who starts to hallucinate seeing fleeting glimpses of a doppelgänger.

Near to opening night Lilly takes Nina out drinking in defiance of Nina’s mother. Lily gives Nina a drug to relax her and introduces her to a couple of men and they go out for a wild night of clubbing  This opens up Nina to her sexual nature and we see the Black Swan coming out in Nina more and the line between dream and reality is shattered. This builds up to the opening night where Nina opens herself up to the darkness and obsession inside herself to perform.

The first time I saw this I was totally floored by the last act. Nina’s breakdown is subtle at the start of the film, but it builds in intensity until the neurotic dancer who started the film emerges on the stage as a complete maniac. Nina has no idea what is real any more and nor do we. I am not really sure why I got so drawn into this story. I liked that there was no sub-plot and the film concentrated on Nina allowing us to empathise with her all the way on her journey into madness right up to the last scene which was perfect.

Rating 10/10

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Posted by on July 14, 2011 in Entertainment, Film


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Film Review: Adjustment Bureau

Synopsis: David Norris (Matt Damon) a young promising New York politician falls for a ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). Norris finds fate standing in the way their developing love in the form of a strange gang of trilby-wearing men called the Adjustment Bureau who are working according to a plan that certainly does not include Norris and falling in love with Sellas

The film screamed of so many things taken from other films.  The Adjustment Bureau agents were very similar in function and design to the Agents of the Matrix and the Strangers in Dark City. The chase through the doors was like the scene with the Keymaker from The Matrix Reloaded and Thomson’s (Terence Stamp) rant about humans was very similar to Agent Smith’s misanthropic rant in The Matrix.

The main difference with this film is that Norris is purely driven his love for Sellas and this film is mainly a love story. There really is very little suggest any global significance of Norris’s personal battle to change his own fate. There also some very heavy hints about the identity of mysterious unseen Chairman, the author of The Plan though that would be exactly what Agents of The Matrix would want people to think since it would be useful belief for enforcing control.

The film was entertaining despite constantly reminding me of better films. The love story element was fairly believable as long as you kept with Norris’s perspective.

Rating 7/10

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Posted by on July 4, 2011 in Entertainment, Film


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