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Faults (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 6 March 2015 (USA)
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A man who debunks mind control techniques as a profession must help a couple whose daughter has recently joined a cult.

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Riley Stearns

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Credited cast:
Leland Orser ... Ansel
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Claire
Chris Ellis ... Dad
Jon Gries ... Terry
Lance Reddick ... Mick
Beth Grant ... Evelyn
Cruz Flores Cruz Flores ... Hotel Staff
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Suzan Averitt ... Photo Studio Customer
Cindy Buck Cindy Buck ... Mother
David Chandler ... Waiter
Leonard Earl Howze ... Raymond
Davey Johnson ... Concierge
Kellie Matteson ... Jennifer
Amanda Saunders ... Receptionist
Nicholas Tucci ... James
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Washed-up and broke, an author whose books on mind control were once respected reluctantly helps a couple in deprogramming their daughter from the control of a cult named "Faults." But this assignment turns out to be more complicated than he had expected. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

6 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Изъяны See more »

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This movie is directed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead's husband. See more »

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Ansel steals a 9V battery from the remote control in his hotel room, but the open battery compartment on the remote control can be seen to accept two AA cells, not a 9V. See more »

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Ansel: Terry, someday I will be a mountain. But for now, I am a fault.
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Faults
24 March 2015 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

I don't know why, but the cults are becoming a fashionable trend in contemporary cinema. In the last 5 years, we have been watching films such as Martha Marcy May Marlene, Red State, Sound of My Voice and The Sacrament, whose focuses vary considerably, but they all examine the disturbing phenomenon of brainwashing, and the apparent ease with which some people let themselves be dominated by charismatic leaders who promise some kind of spiritual salvation when, in fact, they only seek their own benefit. The film Faults presents a very interesting perspective, moving away from the "commune" and the specific details of the cult, in order to focus into the regenerative process of lost identity. And, if that were not enough, it also makes character studies about the victim and the analyst, gradually revealing their particular psychologies and the internal travel which took them to the struggle of wills which hold big part of the movie. Faults presents us a "hero" defeated by life... something like the classic alcoholic detective from various cop films, or the priest without faith who is so common in horror cinema, but even more down at heel (I point out the fact that Faults doesn't belong to either of those genres). This tortuous main character complicates the situation more, and makes a Faults a subtle and fascinating thriller, in which not only the victim's future is in danger, but also her redeemer's. The screenplay of Faults shines because of its precision and sagacity, keeping us in suspense during the whole film, until leading to a satisfactory ending. And then, we have the excellent performances, starting by Leland Orser as the main character. Orser is one of those actors whose names we don't know, even though we immediately recognize their faces when we see them in a film or TV series. I revised his filmography, and I confirmed the fact I had seen him in many movies, without specifically remembering him in any of them. Faults will undoubtedly rectify that situation, and I estimate that his extraordinary work as a "loser" seeking redemption will get him out of that limbo of character actors who always make their mission but go unnoticed. Mary Elizabeth Winstead also brings a perfect performance as the victim of the cult; she's modulated in her role, but she never loses spontaneity or passion. The premise of Faults might sound similar to the one of the previously mentioned Martha Marcy May Marlene, but its levels of meaning transcend the victim's mentality and offer more ambitious and interesting reflections about human condition and its virtue/fault of seeking spiritual fulfillment, even for the sake of the own identity. The screenplay of Faults might occasionally make a few small traps, but that didn't avoid me from liking it very much, and I definitely recommend it as a hypnotic and audacious thriller, specially to those ones who find the concept and existence of "cults" equally intriguing.


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