In an undetermined future, society has divided in two types: upper-class or "superiors", and the rest of the world, mid and lower-class, named "inferiors". Uma is a superior teen girl who reluctant to marry with another superior named Son to be fall in love of an inferior named Markus, her mother sends her to Paradise Hills, a school for young ladies to reform rebel girls located in a remote island in the middle of the ocean. Waking up in Paradise not knowing how she arrived there, in the island she meets another students of the school: Amarna, a world pop star who was sent after she decided sing her own songs against the will of her parents and the music company that produces her albums; Chloe, an over-weight girl which parents want to turn her in a perfect woman, thin and complaint; and Yu, an inferior that after the loss of her parents was sent with her superiors aunt and uncle, who wants to make perfect and superior as them. At the same time that Uma meets the eccentric and ...Written by
The art of beginning your film with a scene from later on in your movie is a tricky one. The best way to do it is the way films like 'The Hangover' and 'The Gentlemen' did it, where you have no context for the scene and it naturally reveals itself later on. 'Paradise Hills' fell into a trap in this respect. It had a nice little secret up its sleeve that it wanted to be smart and give the audience a sneak-peak at it early, but in doing so it implies something else that kind of ruins the enjoyment of the movie. It falsely gives away the movie, but because we don't know that, it just destroys our interest in the movie because we feel like we know where we are headed. The film was too smart for its own good in that respect.
The biggest crime this film commits though is just how boring it is. For a decent cast the characters somehow manage to come across extremely bland. The dialogue is just so safe and by the book. So by the time the third act rolls around and things actually start to happen its hard to care, because everyone is so unlikeable.
The third act is a breathe of fresh air though. The film finally advances forward after stagnating for over an hour and the way the ending was done was actually mildly clever. The damage is already done though sadly and I have to put this down as a very forgettable experience that I couldn't recommend.
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