Live Action Reviews!
by Crystal Connor
At 2:42 am on Aug 17th, 2014, Crystal Connor, wrapped in a fleece blanket, seated in front of the fireplace picked up her remote and clicked play. For the next two hours her neighbors were subjected to screaming, crying, and expletive outburst…
This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she watched, Philippe Caland 2013 Repentance
Reader discretion is Advised
Entry 1: Did they hit someone?
Entry 2: I want a harp at my book signing
Entry 3: No! When someone says ‘I hear something’ get your ass up and go look.
Entry 4: Get out!
Entry 5: At $300/hr your only helping yourself
Entry 6: What the fuck is wrong w/you? He said he can’t.
Entry 7: If I tell you I’m afraid of the river and you stand up and start rocking the boat I would beat you to death with an oar.
Entry 8: This therapist is a crack-pot
Entry 9: A motha fucking séance? Oh hell no!
Entry 10: Yep. You should be scared
Entry 11: No she’s not!
Entry 12: You show up asking for money and when he offers it to you tell him to go fuck himself because you can’t be bought. Hmmm
Entry 13: You’re in a fucking bomb shelter, no one can hear you.
Entry 14: Once your tied up, the time for negotiation has passed
Entry 15: This Negro here.
Entry 16: “Your making things very hard on yourself.” The very last thing you want to hear from the man holding you hostage in his bomb shelter.
Entry 17: Your lying
Entry 18: You read/saw Misery just like the rest of us, you know that’s going to be that easy.
Entry 19: I told you
Entry 20: Sweet Jesus
Entry 21: So your husband is missing and its just biz as usual for you?
Entry 22: That’s a trap
Entry 23: In what world is that the reasonable choice?
Plotline: Successful author and spiritual advisor Tommy Carter takes on a troubled man as a client, completely unaware that the man’s fixation on his mother’s death will soon put his life in jeopardy.
Scariness Factor: There are a few good jump scares but its more startling than it is scary. From 1 – 5 we’ll give it a 2 ½
Gross-out Factor: N/A
High Points: It was kind of exciting to watch a movie where the entire cast looked like me. None of the people on screen are there to fill in or reinforce the negative stereotypes, or to be the 1st one to die that we so often see when POC are in a movie or TV show. The setting and the soundtrack are amazing. Every time I see images of Louisiana it makes me want to book flight.
Complaints: Ok, so Ben, Tommy’s little brother is supposed to be a hardened criminal newly released from prison for the umpteenth time. His cussing and using all of this urban language but he doesn’t sound or look authentic. It’s jarring, and because of this he ends up looking like a whiney, it’s always-someone-else’s-fault little boy in a grown man’s body.
This movie had so much potential, but the entire movie is carried by just one actor: Forest Whitaker. These are all A-list actors so I don’t understand the less than stellar performances.
With about 3rd left to go, you start to see, at least in part, how this movie will end.
Overall: I was so super excited to watch Repentance, but just like Colin Theys’ 2014 Deep Into The Darkness, what could have been something truly terrifying ends up being nothing more than a made for TV melodrama
Stars: I think watching horror movies should be an ‘interactive’ activity (which is why I watch them alone) and the more I yell at the people on the screen the more fun I’m having. I’m a tough customer and I can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to the myopic way in which I prefer to be entertained.
This movie is classified as horror, but maybe a better tagging would be horror light. I would recommend Repentance as a good movie to show for a pre-teen slumber party or for someone who has a low tolerance for terror.
So despite 23 entries, I am going to give this one a 2 ¾ stars.
Where I watched it : Streaming
Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at: http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.blogspot.com & http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor