“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Monday, April 4, 2016
After Image (2001)
How bad is it? It's well-filmed nothingness. Should you see it? No.
The director of this apparently had this story in mind for a decade before filming; in that time, he should've been able to write some dialog. Almost nothing gets said in this film (well, one character is deaf, played by a deaf actress, but still...), which would be okay if this had some action. It's a serial-killer film in which nothing happens. A police photographer, played by John Mellencamp, goes on vacation after taking shots of a serial killer's work. Then the killer stalks him. Louise Fletcher gets wasted as Mellencamp's ailing aunt. The love interest has nightmares that presage the next killings, which are arranged so Mellencamp can be the first to see them. The film might be the best-looking shot-on-video film I've seen, but there's nothing to see.