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|09.19.08||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2008|
Shame on me for still not having seen Boxing Helena I guess. People in creepy looking latex masks are brutally killing people across the midwest and Bill Pullman and Julia Ormond play FBI agents interviewing witnesses of one such incident in a local sheriff's office. Michael Ironside is also in it as the local Sheriff and French Stewart has some fun as a cop who dies. Oh, I should mention that I'm going to spoil the movie so don't read any further if you care. Not that the French Stewart thing is a spoiler because he starts off the movie dead and is only seen in flashback.
Anyway, Pullman and Ormond are the killers. Ta Da!!! OK, so from the very beginning, Pullman plays his character pretty tightly-wound and they have a cryptic conversation in their car that is probably clever enough to mean something else the second time. So you immediately suspect that it's them and then you only meet like 4 other characters so by 10 minutes in I was thinking I'd be more surprised if they weren't the killers than if they were. So here's the thing. When Pullman unveils the surprise and is all like "I'm the killer, yay!" I was still into the movie. I wasn't groaning (because I'd already done that in the first scene) and I really didn't even see it as a mystery since it was so telescoped, but damn if Pullman's performance didn't keep me interesting. Ormond's too. They have a scene with them and Pell James that is pretty disturbing in no small part because it turned me on. I can picture Tim League sitting somewhere watching this for the first time and seeing that scene and thinking "book it." So Pullman's odd yet riveting performance, that one creepy hot scene, and Ormond being naughty all made it worthwhile for me. I hate to say this (especially if the writer reads this) but I think the script was the weakest part. I don't see a solution to his problem of making the question of who is the killer unguessable but... oh well. So as long as you don't depend on plot twists to enjoy yourself, this is pretty good.