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It's truly odd how individuals who can't seem to master simple grammar
and syntax will unabashedly critique a movie as if they have the
cinematic genius of Roman Polanski.
If you fall into the category of viewer who thinks a film just isn't gosh darn entertaining unless things are "blown up real good", then by all means, give this one a pass. However if you don't spend your day breathing through your mouth and admiring your unibrow, then you will probably find this film to be the entertainment it aims to be.
If there's one type of role Dennis Hopper has down, it's that of a restrained nut job. And in this movie he gets to sink his teeth into the meaty role of a supreme nut job by playing a twisted small town sheriff who thinks he can convince a woman to fall in love with him by abducting her and locking her in a cell in his basement.
Heavily dialog driven, Hopper at times carries this film on his back with his highly compelling performance. Asia Argento, the daughter of Italian horror director Dario, is easy on the eyes and does a perfectly capable job in the role of the captive. Veteran Canadian actress Helen Shaver, surfaces as an equally unhinged groupie to Hopper's character, and her scenes with him eerily evoke fleeting similarities to that of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, Canada's infamous serial killer couple.
The film is capably directed by Paul Lynch, who has made a career out of directing Canadian-filmed US television shows, something which isn't a leap considering that this film was shot in British Columbia.
Overall it's a pretty decent and entertaining little movie. It will hold you to the end and not leave you feeling ripped off. As for some of the other reviewers of this film, well, let's just say it's probably time that they changed the batteries in their singing wall-mounted fish and sat down to some more engaging entertainment.
The beginning of this movie really annoyed me. Asia Argento performs in
a strip club, takes a shower, and nearly gets raped, all without
actually having a nude scene! Don't get me wrong--even low-budget
potboilers like this don't necessarily need nude scenes to be good, but
it's annoying when a movie relentlessly teases the viewer with the
promise of nudity but doesn't deliver (besides, it's not like Argento
exactly has the pristine image of that other
stripper-who-doesn't-strip, Natalie Portman--she's done nude scenes in
movies directed by her FATHER, and supposedly had unsimulated sex on
screen in her own directorial effort "Scarlet Diva").
After the beginning though this movie wasn't THAT bad. For once, we have a movie with a believable stalker in Dennis Hopper. It's really stupid how in Hollywood movies stalkers always seem to be young, beautiful women (Erica Christensen, Rebecca DeMornay, Alicia Silverstone, ad infinitum), the people who in real life are much more likely to be the ones being stalked. And Hopper's performance as "Deputy Rock" is uncharacteristically subdued and psychologically nuanced. He isn't primarily interested in Argento for sex (although that element is there), but keeps her in a cage in what he views as an effort to protect her. He really is the straight-arrow cop he appears to be, just to a completely psychotic extent. I also liked Lochlyn Munro as the good guy cop and Helen Shaver as the woman producing an anti-drug show with Deputy Rock (who turns out to be just as crazy as he is). Which brings us back to Argento, who is probably the weakest link here, but she's certainly not awful. It's refreshing, for instance, that while she eventually fights back, she doesn't completely turn into the butt-kicking babe dispatching the villain with a stupid one-liner (a stereotype every bit as annoying as the old-fashioned "damsel in distress"--and even more unrealistic). Her character obviously feels morally compromised as a stripper and rape victim even before she's taken prisoner, and she has to overcome this as well as her captor. Argento can believably play a morally compromised character better than most big-name American actresses, so she's well suited for the role at least (even if she never does get around to actually taking her clothes off).
Long ago there was a time there was a movie industry called Hollywood that made bunch of movies to entertain audience who gave money to see those features, which was later used to make more movies. Unfortunately, the same movie industry got sick of making funny movies and felt the need to tell us something smart and educational that we supposedly don't know already. Well, here comes the big surprise 90% of the so-called 'smart' movies are pure CRAP! Anyway, The Keeper is about a sheriff Krebs or whatever his name is who kidnaps a striper Gina (Asia Argento) after some rape attempt, and tries to teach her the righteous path! Acting sucks, movie is too slow and emotionless. Dialogs are pointless and so childish you'll laugh at them only not to cry. Don't waste your gray cells to foresee the ending. Everything will go as it should along the well-pawned path of movie clichés. No surprises here. My advice is don't waste your money on this film. It ain't even worth of its stars Hopper and Argento. Hopper had his ups and downs on a career chart, Argento too, but this insults their acting capabilities as much as viewer's intelligence. This movie ain't a thriller it's a killer. You'll die of boredom before the end credits start to roll. Should be banned at any cost no matter what. If someone you know asks you to see this film, he's either suicidal or a loony. Don't insult your intelligence by watching this 'suspenseful' piece of dirt My rating? Goddamn awful - 1/10
The reason for buying this DVD was that Dennis Hopper plays a lead role in the movie. Dennis Hopper is the kind of actor that can make a poor scenario work. One of the best parts he ever did was in True Romance, by Quentin Tarentino. The 10 minutes of his appearance in that movie are classic! The Keeper has some exciting parts that make up for the poor way (I think) in which the plot unravels... Why is deputy Burns sitting at a computer for hours with the same material on it??? The Keeper is an easy to watch movie and therefore simple entertainment. Because of the good acting by Dennis Hopper and Asia Argento I give this movie a 7-, although next time I want to see Dennis in a 10+ movie again!
In Redwood County, the dancer Gina (Asia Argento) is attacked and her
boyfriend is killed by a maniac in a motel. Gina is attended by
Sergeant Burns (Lochlyn Munro) and Lieutenant Krebs (Dennis Hopper)
insists in giving a lift to her when she leaves the hospital. However,
he kidnaps Gina and arrests her in a cell in the basement of his
isolated house. The deranged policeman has a serious trauma from his
childhood with dancers of night-clubs and establishes rules and
punctuations for Gina while she is imprisoned. Meanwhile, Lieutenant
Krebs is stalked by a local, Ruthie (Helen Shaver), who has a crush on
him and wants to promote his amateurish puppet show with the character
Deputy Rock, his alter-ego. Sgt. Burns is trying to find a clue where
the missing Gina may be.
"The Keeper" is another predictable rip-off of William Wyler's "The Collector". This time, the captor is a deranged lieutenant and the captive is a dancer. The story entertains, but Dennis Hopper is too old and fat for the lead character. The heavy make-up on his face is highlighted in the image of the DVD. It is ridiculous the scene where a young dancer that is keeping her shape working-out in her cell is chased by an old fat man that is able to catch her. Today is a rainy day in Rio de Janeiro, and this movie was a reasonable choice for a boring afternoon. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Obsessão" ("Obsession")
The Keeper is a story about a young dancer who gets abducted and imprisoned by a corrupt police officer, who's assistant desperately tries to solve the case of the dancer. The plot is quite OK here, but nothing special or surprising. The acting by Dennis Hopper is great, and he really blends the movie with his insane character (officer Krebs). I suppose what didn't made this movie "do it" for me was the poor development here. It all starts out cool, but the further the plot develops the worse it gets. In the end, it feels like everyone and everything has just freaked out and what is left to digest is nothing. 4/10 because of the performance by Hopper and this movie might be "OK" entertainment if you have nothing else to do (or watch).
The only reason to watch this badly written movie would be if you were
a fan of either Helen Shaver (a great actress) or the legendary Dennis
Hopper. If you desire to see these two together in a film, choose 'The
Ostetrman Weekend', which is by far the better film. The basic story
line is the prisoner wanting to escape the jailer. (similer to the much
Without going into too much detail so as not to spoil the plot (well, what plot there is), lets just say this is best avoided. There are millions of films out there to spend 90 minutes on, don't make it this one.
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do not read if you have not seen this movie! A quite ridiculous and
unbelievable plot that the unhinged lunatic sheriff can hide someone in
his basement for months without anyone visiting or noticing, and quite
by accident has an unhinged lunatic TV presenter groupie woman too who
finds the girl by chance and then does not free her because she wants
the sheriff to be a TV show star... Boy do these Hollywood
scriptwriters do nothing to earn their money. His deputy has no life
except popping up every couple of weeks to say his entire mission in
life is to find the missing girl as if he has no other work to do, so
as to signpost the entirely predictable finale well ahead of time.
Standard average TV movie fare with low production values.
The only reason to watch is the performance of Hopper who is an actor who seems to be able to rise above any crap material, though he does his normal "unhinged" "creepy" type character here, which helps I suppose. After the majority of the movie being fairly "normal" (apart from locking up this girl for months) he goes mental giving her a show with glove puppets. Cliché follows cliché with the knocked out sheriff waking up just in time to knock out the rescuing deputy etc etc etc, lazy scriptwriting.
This movie, co-starring Helen Shaver and Asia Argento, is in keeping
with the oddness expected of Dennis Hopper. His motivation to do a
movie like this one is questionable and I would be the first to wonder
how much he was paid or whether this was him doing someone a favor for
a friend or... I think you can get the picture. Lo-budget film, poor
plot, crummy lines for the co-stars all contribute to the mystery of
Hopper without saying much for anyone else in the film. I believe it to
be the former of the assumptions; they paid Dennis well for this one.
It takes place in a small town. The lake region where it was filmed
contains stunningly beautiful scenes. The home where most of the movie
takes place is itself is a stereotypical classic. The prison like cage
dwelling of the costar, Asia Argento is classic too.
There is an interesting amount of testosterone mixed in as well that contributes to some excitement during a puppet scene performed by Hopper toward the end. Shaver's role could have been better defined and Argento could have come across with more emotion, but her acting was good considering the role she played as a kidnapped stripper. Hopper as the psychotic sheriff is not at his best, but Hopper's best, in my opinion, cannot be defined which may help explain why I rented the film in the first place. I gave it a 2 because it is no Titanic or Capote, but given the genre, I could have rated it higher.
So here's an example of a movie that's easy to dislike, since it shamelessly rips off "Lady in a cage" and "The Collector", was done on a shoe-string budget with five to six cameras running during one scene and it has Lochlyn Munro in it. It's got all the creative looks of your typical movie-of-the-week and Asia Argento may be one of the prettiest faces, but her acting abilities are zip to zero. Nevertheless I have seen much worse. The Keeper is done fairly tongue-in-cheek with quite a wry, witty sense of humor and Helen Shaver is in fine form giving a performance so hammy she 's entering Vincent-Price-terrain. And Hopper doing his Hopper-routine is always more entertaining than watching any of those lame-assed method actors. O.K. for the price of an overnight rental, but you won't write home about it. 4/10
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