Monday, April 12, 2010

Airplane Special

Movie: Zero Focus
My Rating: 2 stars

Sweet Jebus, this flight was long!  Despite having purchased one of those cushy neck pillows at the airport, I found myself unable to sleep, so I proceeded to peruse the "international" movie collection.  These films are usually Japanese, made-for-TV movies that don't have a snowball's chance in hell of ever getting released in the US.  Sometimes there are treasures to be found in the category, like the Simsons, the delightful tale of the Japanese Olympic Women's Curling Team.  But usually there is a reason that these films are permanently filed in the "international" section.  In this case, the reason is because the film was as dull as dirt.  Although, not bland enough to finally lull me to sleep, however.  What we have here is a story about a brand-new, blushing bride who is searching for her husband who has disappeared while on a business trip after only one week of marriage.  That's gotta be pretty devastating, right?  The man you love, gone without a trace.  Oh, except that this was an arranged marriage, so these two kids don't really know each other at all yet.  The wife has the personality of a bowl of oatmeal, and the husband (the little we see of him) seems like kind of an a-hole.  So, I had a really hard time trying to muster up any kind of interest in these folks at all.  This film is trying really hard to get that noir feel.  It's a post WWII drama, about the lengths people will go to to forget the atrocities of war, and the particular hardships women have to face.  But the story plods on so slowly, it is hardly dramatic at all.  Plus the writing is pretty lazy too.  In murder mysteries, the detective (or seeker) is supposed to turn over clue after clue until the story reveals itself.  But in this one, little bride searches and searches, but finds nothing.  The answers are only revealed once another character confesses all right at the end.  Very unsatisfying.  So, no, I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone.  But if you find yourself with nothing to do on a flight to Japan sometime in the next month, it's surely a better pick than anything filed under the "romantic comedy" category.

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