Detective story taking place in a high school and shot as a film noir.
A girl is murdered and the main character is trying to find out who did it and why. The mystery wasn’t the main point of the story for me, since I really didn’t like what I saw of the dead girl character while she was alive so I didn’t care if she died or why. That would lead me to think that I wouldn’t really need to watch the rest of the movie, but it pulled me in with its oddness.
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin, Nora Zehetner, Noah Fleiss, Matt O’Leary
Directed by: Rian Johnson
Written by: Rian Johnson
Length: 1 hour 50 minutes
Genre: Noir Mystery
Release Date: 2006
It takes a moment to get into the rhythm of the movie. None of the high school kids act like normal teenagers. They all talk as if they are in a film noir movie from the ’30s or in a David Lynch film. The teenagers in Twin Peaks talked like this at times. While watching the movie, I would forget they were teenagers, but there were moments that would bring me back to that, and made me laugh. Some times it would be something simple such as walking through high school, though no one was ever in class. Other times, it was when a drug kingpin was being domineering right before his mom showed up and offered all the other kids orange juice and cookies. Hilarious.
I also loved the fights. The main guy had the most awesome and original fight scenes. They were highly entertaining. My favorites was when he would throw his whole body into a punch, which has to be seen. I also loved how he got one guy to quit chasing him in the halls of the high school. Quick thinking and a very painful result.