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Having not been to film school perhaps it is not taught that visible images are required to be considered a film. About 80% of the first hour of this movie is just total darkness and much of that does not even have dialog. Therefore can this even be considered a movie. Especially after watching the documentary 'Kingdom Come' it is perplexing all the emotion that went into production to then simply film darkness. Then given the poorly written, poorly acted, awfully directed and terrible sound and editing maybe it was all so bad that it would not stick to the video tape leaving just darkness. You may perform Citizen Kane but if you shoot in total darkness did it even take place?
As a rule, "small"-"human" dramas are not my first choice as a genre,
not in books, not in theaters, not on TV, nor on the big screen. I
rarely find an "action-free" or non-Sci-Fi, non epic-narrative drama
which truly pulls me into its narrative. Mayhap it's my seeking
escapism in the art I consume, or the fact my life experience have left
me a little "bored" with the small, trivial and daily dramas we're all
surrounded by... Memorable human dramas on film are quite rare with me,
as such selective a viewer that I am. However, as with any rule,
naturally there are exceptions... A few examples of such "small"
dramatic narrative movies that actually had such an impact on me would
have to be: "The Stone Angel", "Regarding Henry", "Door to door",
"Kes"... and now that I've watched it - "Broken Kingdom" is the newest
addition to the list...
"Broken Kingdom" portrays two intertwined stories, of no epic proportion, with a truly "small", "human" and "humane" narratives. on one hand - the display of buds of humanity and affection in a sea of cruelty in a poverty stricken 3rd world country, and on the other hand - the daily bearing of a tragic unspoken memory in PC-America.
The cast is spectacular, and I found that the visual quality of the film is impeccable - very aesthetic and precise. All in all, for the low- budget this production had, it is truly a remarkable product. The writer-director-star, Daniel Gillies, did a very good job, under all 3 of his "hats".
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