Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Movie: Fierce People (Nothing is more savage than high society)

Synopsis from facebook:
Sixteen-year-old Finn (Anton Yelchin) wants nothing more than to escape New York and spend the summer in South America. But Finn's dreams are shattered when he is arrested in a desperate effort to help his drug-dependent mother, Liz (Diane Lane). Determined to get their lives back on track, Liz moves the two of them into a guesthouse on the vast country estate of her ex-client, the aging aristocratic billionaire, Ogden C. Osbourne (Donald Sutherland). While Liz battles her substance abuse and struggles to win back her son's love and trust, Finn falls in love with Osbourne's beautiful granddaughter, Maya (Kristin Stewart), befriends her charismatic older brother, Bryce (Chris Evans), and even wins the favor of Osbourne himself. But when a shocking act of violence shatters Finn's ascension within the Osbourne clan, the golden promises of this lush world quickly sour. Both Finn and Liz, caught in a harrowing struggle for their dignity, discover that membership always comes at a price... Contrasting the mores of high society with the blunt savagery of primitive tribes, "Fierce People" takes an inside look at the upper classes, examining the darkness that lurks beneath the surface of good manners. Sporting a biting wit, and featuring charismatic performances from Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland, this unflinching drama exposes the trappings of wealth and privilege, and their overwhelming power to both seduce and corrupt.
This would have to be one of the more interesting films I have seen in a long time!

It shows the paradox between the Ishkanani tribe and American high society and how in the end they are no that dissimilar. Their lives basically evolve around 2 things, f & k, f & k, f & k (as mentioned in the film, not my words).

There’s an interesting surprise for the Filipino audience around the 90 minute mark of this film. It is worth sitting through the movie for that reason alone.

The actors are all very believable. Special mention goes to Elizabeth Perkins who seems to have the role of a “drug addicted mom” down pat.


Tangled Noodle said...

Sorry for this super-late comment but classes are finally over and I'm catching up! I hadn't heard of this film before but you've piqued my interest, especially re: the surprise for Filipino audiences. Thanks for the breakdown!

The Beancounter said...

No worries TN! Welcome back! ;)