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The Source (2002)

R  |   |  Thriller, Sci-Fi  |  17 September 2002 (USA)
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Four outcast teenagers acquire mystical powers that allow them to become gods on campus, with deadly consequences.

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Mathew Scollon ...
Reese Hauser (as Mat Scollon)
Melissa Reneé Martin ...
Ashley Bainbridge (as Melissa R. Martin)
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Zack Bainbridge
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Phoebe Lewis
Johnny Venocur ...
Jerry Hauser
Ronald Rezac ...
Principal McKinley
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Moss Man
Steven Glinn ...
Raimy
Mark Wood ...
Mr. Jessup
David Castro ...
Lane
Paul Taviani ...
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Anna de Cardi ...
Miss Dunn
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Booji (as David Holt)
Cory Travalena ...
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Four outcast teenagers acquire mystical powers that allow them to become gods on campus, with deadly consequences.

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Always Believe... Never Deceive. See more »

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When Ashley and Reece are walking through the woods before the group video tapes their powers and she is asking him about who he lost his virginity to, the boom mics shadow is clearly visible on the ground and they walk See more »

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Stop the rocking...Stop the rocking
22 January 2004 | by (Heaven above) – See all my reviews

The kind of movie you tell your friends about......tell to stay far away from.

This is the kind of film making that would make Ed Wood proud. Poor plot, bad acting and a terrible camera crew, this movie has it all. From camera techniques that leave the viewer reaching for the Dramamine to a script that explains nothing, you really can't ask for more in a C class flick.

The movie starts off following Reece, a goth kid who wears more makeup than Tammy Faye Baker. He's sullen, he's moody and he's surly, the kind of kid who always makes "special" friends with the jocks of any high school he attends. He's befriended by 3 other outcasts, Zack, Ashley and Phoebe. "Outcasts" that all dress nice and drive nice cars nonetheless. They take him to a magic spot in the woods where Zack, the brainy one, has figured out produces some kind of super energy from cold fusion with just his palm pilot. Reece goes off by himself and immediately discovers a large, glowing yellow rock that no one has ever noticed before. Somehow they discover stepping into the energy source allows them to gain interesting low budget powers that made their eyes glow different colors. I'd explain it more, but that's all they give us, so you just have to accept it as such.

The kids decide to take action and get back at all the people that have treated them badly, embarrassing teachers, cheerleaders, punks and audience members everywhere. Ashley goes on a power spree, inflicting terrible revenge on her enemies like nosepicking and sitting in garbage cans, so you can see it gets really intense. I don't want to spoil the rest as I want to leave you salivating for more.

Most of these kids look 30+ and have never had any lead performance roles before in their lives. While most will never amount to too much in the acting world, I do believe Zack could be, if given enough time and the right amount of extensive training, a really good Extra some day, the kind you put behind the Hanks' and Cruise's of the world to make for a more convincing scene. The others would be good cadavers on shows like CSI. I just recommend that Zack leave his shirt on for the rest of his career.

Can't anyone write a low level script that tells a coherent story in 90 minutes? I've seen more expressive QVC shows. The filmmakers assumed we should just know the depths of everything; character motivations, the meaning of vague music video flashbacks, exactly where it was all going.

And what was going on with the camera work? They kept using this 'rocking' camera technique (using the word technique loosely) that made you seasick for no apparent reason other than to keep your eyes from leaving the screen, which mine kept doing. There were also other shots that looked like they just kept a camera on in case something cool happened.

Overall, I'd say this movie is a 1 out of 10, and that's being generous. You could make the same film with known actors and still not get anything from it. A total nightmare of film making.


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