Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.
Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. Written by
This is probably one of the worst adaptations of a book since 'I, Robot'. However, 'I, Robot' could at least kind of be enjoyed as a film. If you've read the book you will be awfully disappointed. The way this movie was approached completely ignores the emotional complexity of the characters and just has long frames and sequences of pretentious symbolism shoved down your throat ad nauseam in its place. Yes we get it, she's trying to wash the paint/blood/guilt off her hands. Eva is just presented as an emotional wreck with none of the strong, intelligent insight as her paperback counter part. Teenage Kevin is overdone. I actually found kid Kevin to be pretty good. None of the true motivations behind people's actions are explored. For example, a significant part of the book is about the (bad) reasons why Eva and Franklin decide to have a baby, this is then built on later when it turns out Kevin is not quite right as a child and into his teens. The timeline in unnecessarily befuddled. Worst of all, the most cinematic scene in the book (the revelation at the end) is completely mishandled, given away too early and fizzled out in a short frame. Very disappointing - if you haven't already, go read the book, you'll not only understand this better but it is also a fantastic read from an extremely intelligent and articulate author.
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