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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Stylish and talented, though not fulfilled

5/10
Author: OJT from Norway
15 November 2014

The first part of this film hooks you on. Stylish and well photographed, and able to keep you interested. But that doesn't go all the way. The film loses it's way due to some very disillusioned and sick people inhabiting the mall.

A disillusioned young man living at home in his mothers trailer goes on a hateful rampage on a mall. At the mall we find several persons doing their everyday thing, as the observant college student Jeff which really is smart, but still wasting his life on the mall, not caring enough not if he should take an Ecstasy pill or not. More shouldn't be told before you watch it.

Because I think it's worth seeing. There are some very talented stuff here, though there are scenes pulling down the great stuff built up in the start. It seems like the story is not sure of what it's supposed to tell. There's also too much use of slow motion, and the young boys narrative voice, when thinking.

This is the first feature film directed by Linkin Park-DJ Joseph Hahn, and his music video past is quite obvious. Some clear talent, but the film should have had more work put into the script. The film isn't at all what you think it is, and that is a main problem.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Good Ensemble Drama

7/10
Author: MovieHoliks
26 March 2015

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Based on the novel of the same name by Eric Bogosian, "Mall" centers around a group of strangers, whose only connection is a gun-yielding methhead psychopath (James Frecheville) terrorizing the mall they frequent on this one particular day in question.

I liked this film, mostly for it's good character studies, especially based on the observances of one of it's lead characters- our young philosophical hero, played very well by Cameron Monaghan. And look for a good cast- including (SPOILER a very short time on screen)Mimi Rogers, Peter Stormare, Vincent D'Onofrio (also producer), and a very HAWT Gina Gershon.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Pointless, Dis'mall' and Annoying too!

3/10
Author: (ikeybabe) from United States
28 March 2015

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Giving this film 3 stars was very generous. The only reason I didn't give it 1 is because I have seen movies that were absolutely dismal and, yes, worst than this. "Mall" is absolutely horrendous, though. The kid spouting his whacked out observations is so annoying. And, no wonder, he sounds like a younger version of actor/comedian Eric Bogosian, who wrote the book this movie is based on. (And I actually like Bogosian - just not this movie). The acting is all right, but the story sucks from the start to the very depressing end. There are very few redeeming values in any of the characters - from the cheating wife, to the pervert, to the rowdy teens with dead end futures, and of course, the maniac with the automatic weapons. None of it truly made any sense. The film ended I was left with this question - what's the point?

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Visually compelling, but intellectually lacking.

2/10
Author: shaitch
6 January 2015

What a shame to see such competent actors like Vincent D'Onofrio, Gina Gershon, and Peter Stormare in this wallowing, meandering thing. Lacking in clear direction, message, quality of writing, acting ability (from most other members of the cast), and filled with pseudo intellectual fluff delivered from a totally unbelievable character. While the attempt to tackle such gritty subject matter was admirable in it's ambition, the execution was severely lacking. Sincerely wish Joe Hahn better luck in his future feature directorial efforts.

The visual effects were interesting, digitally grimy (in a good way), and flowed well with the emotion of the film, but were a bit overdone early on. They felt dumped on you from the start without any context to support them, and unfortunately cliché by the end.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

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5/10
Author: Tss5078 from United States
15 June 2015

Joseph Hahn is best known as a musician with the band Linkin Park, and after directing a ton of music videos, he decided to give movies a shot. His first film, Mall, is kind of like a car wreck on the side of the road, in that it's horrible, but for some reason you can't look away. It's a seemingly normal day at a normal mall, and five friends are just hanging out, looking for something to do. Everything is pretty normal until a strung out shooter opens fire, but instead of fleeing, the teens decide to hang out and interact with people caught in the aftermath. This is one really strange movie, and as I said earlier, it's pretty bad, but for some reason I couldn't tear myself away from it. Shameless's Cameron Monaghan stars and was really fun to watch. I've always been a fan of his work and find his character, Ian, to be the most interesting one on Shameless. Mall is a different role and different character, but Monaghan is still able to bring that same charisma to the role and made this film somewhat more enjoyable for me. He really has a gift, at the turn of a switch this kid can go from sweet, to sexy, to evil, thanks to a very unique talent and you heard it hear first, this kid is going places. That being said, I tend to think he would be wise to leave this film off his demo reel, as it is just super strange and anti-climatic. Once you start watching Mall, you won't be able to stop. You'll see a great performance by Cameron Monaghan, while you sit and wait for any number of things to happen, that never do, making the film Mall just another confusing, artistic, independent film, that is really only fully understood by the person who wrote it.

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10 out of 22 people found the following review useful:

Fullness or emptiness of the soul

8/10
Author: Liam Blackburn
7 August 2014

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This is a well-directed movie. It has a good overall sense of emptiness. I think its main premise is to focus on the soul of the person. How the soul becomes vacant, empty, but then full again. Full of purpose, whether it's purpose is going on a shooting spree in a mall. Or bangin a bored housewife. After a while you don't expect any plot twists, it's not about the plot... It's one of those movies where you kind of feel like you're just in this one long moment in time with the characters. I don't like the glamorization of the shooter, or his cigarette smoking. The perspective shots are really cool. The faces start morphing.....into wolves, and other beasts. I like how the one kid (who gets denied by that redhead) is all messed up on e the same time as the shooting takes place. And the kid, he gets told he is so boring...and he really is so boring! lol. It's so excruciating to listen to his dialog. This all makes sense since his soul was empty at that point, a void, lifeless, bound by his infatuation with this girl he doesn't know at all. Overall. a flashy movie, with great impact. You keep forgetting he's on e and then you remember as he's talking to people, and then you remember and it's funny.

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4 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Not worth your time.

Author: tomjustbro from United States
21 March 2015

This may be the worst movie I have seen so far this year. Weak narrative, a plot that goes nowhere. So poorly written you cannot decipher the actual story line from the deranged thoughts of one of the characters.Sort of like a weak wanna be Donnie Darko. It's sort of like 4 bad mini movies put together to form an hour and a half stinker..Before watching this you may wanna weigh your other options of how to waste an evening.... ...... ......... ....... ........ ... ........... ..... ..... ... ... ... .......... ..... .... ...... ..... .... ....... .......... .... .... ..... .... ... .... .... ....... ....... ..... ...... ....... ..... ........ .... ...... ..... .... ..... .......... ........

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6 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

Tarantino WANNABE

1/10
Author: jaxbubba from THE FARIS REEL on Facebook
23 August 2014

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UGGGHHHhhhhhh!!! If you have never had the experience of sitting through a 90-minute feature film and as the final credits start to roll, you ask yourself, "WTF, over???" Then boy do I have a film for you....

Director / Musician Joe Hahn braved his first Comic-Con when he was 14 years old. Now 37, the Linkin Park beat maker is making his directorial film debut with "Mall", a movie about a horrific shooting at a shopping mall.

Hahn had 18 days to shoot Mall, which focuses on five "disgruntled suburbanites" inside the mall separately, but the narrative is driven by a single person. The movie follows a group of suburbanites who find themselves at a shopping mall in the wake of a random shooting and how their outlooks on life are transformed as a result.

"Mall" is based on Eric Bogosian's 2001 novel of the same name, and it was slightly altered for the big screen by Sam Bisbee, Joe Vinciguerra and Vincent D'Onofrio. The latter two, respectively, also produced and and acted in the film.

Paragon Pictures acquired the North American rights to the film, which comes from a screenplay penned by Vincent D'Onofrio, Joe Vinciguerra and Sam Bisbee, adapted from a 2001 novel from Eric Bogosian. D'Onofrio, best known for his roles in "Full Metal Jacket," "Men in Black," "Ed Wood" and TV's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," will also star in the thriller along with Gina Gershon, Cameron Monaghan, Peter Stormare and James Frecheville.

"The script needed a main voice to lead you through the film; Jeff (played by Cameron Monaghan) was chosen as the one because of his character arc in his personal growth and realizations about life." There is a quote in the film where Jeff says, 'I am not stuck, I am unstuck.' In that moment, Jeff chooses his own destiny to not take the easy way out like the other characters in the film."

However as the film progresses, it becomes a complete mishmash of ridiculous story lines that may or may not intertwine as the night unfolds. It's almost like "The Breakfast Club" except the five (5) lead characters are as follows: the pervert, the whore, the loser, the killer, and the token black guy. None of whom know each other before the day begins. Throw in four more high school rejects to add mayhem to the story line and "PESTO!"...what you have here is a low-budget Tarantino knockoff-wannabe!!!! And not in a good way either.... Do not waste your time and / or money on this one.

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