I’m going to do this review in reverse and start out by saying it gets a 2 (a weak 2 at that) on the 1 to 6 o’meter.
Now for the caveats. Â First of all, that 2 of 6 is based on entertainment quality and does not necessarily mean the movie was “bad”.Â What it means is that the movie did not entertain and it left (I imagine) everyone in the theater going “huh”?Â In the half filled theater I was in, there were at least 8-10 quite boisterous “huh”s.Â The rest I’m sure were doing the same thing, more quietly or in their minds.Â Many (including me)Â stayed through the credits thinking something would be revealed there… don’t waste the time, it will not be.Â Secondly, please do not take away my “guy card” because I said a movie with several minutes of nude Ashley Judd was not entertaining. I like Ashley as much as the next guy… in fact more than a lot of guys I suppose, but a little nudity here and there is not going to make this movie entertaining, nor its story line compelling.
This movie is a story, a particularly sad story.Â Not what you typically expect from a horror movie, but, this is not a horror movie, any more than Schindlers list was.Â Â Its sort of like one of those “based on the life of” stories, that is limited by reality and therefore lacking in the type of “excitement” and drama todays movie goers have come to expect… only, as far as I can tell… its not based on a true story.
Having said all that, if you have the stomach andÂ apreciation for movies that are “good”, despite a lack of improbable, overlyÂ choreographed car chases, fight scenes, and plot twists; this movie, as a work of art, is better than decent.Â It is a fictional (I think) account about things that really happen (hello… Tim McVie and Columbine, etc.) .Â It does not gloss, nor does it preach, it simply shares itself with the viewer and lets them make up their own (in most cases, bewildered) minds.
If you are a person who appreciates movies for the art they can be, go see this movie.Â If you are a movie goer who is looking for a nice escape from the 10 o’clock news and the rest of every day life,Â this movie will leave you saying “Well, that’s two hours I’ll never get back” (that or, perhaps more likely… “huh”).