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April 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Heartless

Director: Philip Ridley
Writer: Philip Ridley
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Clemence Poesy
Review By: Klash

 Born with unsightly birthmarks on his face and upper body Jamie Morgan (Jim Sturgess) is an outcast, the only relationships he maintains are those with his family.  When the means  to get rid of this birthmarks makes itself available Jamie quickly takes the opportunity.  But with everything comes a price and Jamie must pay it by making a deal with the Devil.

A rather dull movie with a plot that has been seen many times before, it  basically breaks down to the point of nothing is what it seems.   This was a film that in my opinion didn’t come  close to earning  the praises which I had read in other reviews.   The acting was extremely bad all around and at times very hard to watch without wanting to fast forward through various segments.  The only aspect of the film which I thought stuck out at times was the cinematography.  Unfortunately that alone wasn’t enough to save this film.

Rating:  Half a Guy

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Heartless

April 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Heartless

Director: Philip Ridley
Writer: Philip Ridley
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Clemence Poesy
Review By: Griff

Well, it is not the worst movie I have ever seen… In a nutshell, Heartless is about a Jamie Morgan (Jim Sturgess), who is born with horrible birth marks on his face and upper body. Jamie is tormented by his peers and has no friends or relationships outside of his immediate family. So, he makes a deal with the devil. The devil removes the birth marks but in return he wants him to commit murder.

This movie actually had some promise. The premise was somewhat interesting. It’s one of those movies with the trick ending, “everything is not as it seems.” I give Ridley credit for a somewhat original script. It reminded me a lot of Lucy Mckee’s “May” (Great film if you haven’t seen it.) in that, we watch an ostracized person slowly descend into madness. Most of the great horror films have one thing in common, they try to find a way to make you feel bad for, or somehow relate to, the killer. The history of horror films is filled with examples from the “Phantom of the Opera”, to “The Silence of the Lambs.” Heartless tries hard to be on of these films but it falls flat.

Without question the the most annoying part of this film is the soundtrack. It sounds like it was written and performed by someone’s nephews garage band. It is annoying, banal, and distracting.

The music aside, Jim Sturgess is ridiculously over the top as the lead character. He plays Jamie as a cross between Quasimodo and Igor from “Young Frankenstein.” At times Sturgess is so bad, I was laughing out loud. The rest of the cast isn’t much better. The scenes with Timothy Spall as Jamie’s dad are like something out of “Christmas Carol.” I thought Spall was talking to Tiny Tim.

I really hoped that our first foray into horror movies was going to be a good one because I am a huge fan of the genre. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend this one. There is no Eastwood attached this week to make me give a charity guy. Heartless gets the big doughnut from me. Yep, no guys.

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Heartless

Heartless

Director:   Philip Ridley
Writer:   Philip Ridley
Stars:  Jim Sturgess, Clémence Poésy and Noel Clarke

Reviewed by: Scotty

Jamie Morgan (Jim Sturgess), a young man with a birth defect in the shape of a heart on his face, has found out that there are demons on the crime ridden streets of London.  Jamie has to face these demons along with his own demons in this psychological thriller.

Ridley who wrote and directed this film is popular as an art house mogul and from what I have read has been missing in action for too long.  “The Reflecting Skin” is one of Ridley’s most talked about works and I have been motivated to see this film after viewing “Heartless.”

“Heartless” is a dark and intelligent film that focuses on human emotions and how we as a people focus on beauty.  Jamie was willing to give up his soul for a chance at normalcy, and the film asks the viewer the same question.  This choice catches up with Jamie as he loses the only people close to him, including himself.

I enjoyed “Heartless” and as I said earlier I will now go and watch some other Philip Ridley films. Jim Sturgess did a good job portraying a person haunted by his own emotions and I will look forward to more films from him in the future. I give it 1 ½ guys.

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