Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sublime (2007)

To this day, I still dont know exactly what pretentious means, but oddly enough, I know when something is pretentious. Enter SUBLIME. The film really thinks that it is breaking new ground, and that it is super smart. It really isnt. In fact, it is painful to watch. Not because of the select torture sequences or mild gore, but because the final reveal is so expected and tired. We find a wealthy entrepreneur imprisoned in a seedy hospital after a routine colonoscopy goes horribly wrong, while the shady medical staff find new excuses as to why he remains hospitalized and explain away the various disfigurements he is discovering. Tension mounts as his friends and family are unwilling to help, and he must relive the errors of his past during morphine-induced nightmares. Everything from the score, to the overly serious acting, to the forced social commentary gives the film an air of undeserved importance. While the technical aspects of the film are slightly above average, the filming isnt engaging enough to make up for the tedious set up and unsatisfying finale. I honestly wouldnt know what group to recommend this to; Im sure there is a collection of Horror fans that only watch "deep" films that "transcend the genre," so if thats you, please, be my guest. Otherwise, pass.

Rating: 7/10.
Entertainment: 6/10.
Gore: 4/10.



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3 comments:

  1. "SUBLIME" was the most boring piece of dull shit I ever frittered away time on... it was more like some schmaltzy TV family drama than a "horror" movie. Bah!

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  2. I swear the only reason I picked this up was because it had been receiving good reviews somewhere.. Fango maybe? I'll have to track them down so I have a cop-out as to why its in my collection.

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  3. pretentious = characterized by a presumption of dignity or importance

    Fits this piece of crap to a T ... I really hated this movie, and actually OWNED the DVD at one point. If you think the movie is bad, you should have heard the director's commentary. It was even more pretentious ... I gave up after 10 minutes

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