Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Giallo (2009) - Review - @BrandonCSites / #AdrienBrody / #DarioArgento

Giallo (2009) *
D: Dario Argento
C: Adrien Brody, Emmanuelle Seigner, Elsa Pataky, Robert Miano, Silvia Spross

Plot Synopsis: A woman visiting Italy to see her fashion model sister teams up with a police detective after she discovers that her sister is missing. The detective fears that the woman's sister might be the next victim of a serial killer simply known as YELLOW

Review: Sure, Giallo isn't nowhere near as stylish as Dario Argento's previous films nor does it have the director's trademark flashy camera work. The cast is certainly capable of a lot better also, but that isn't what sinks Giallo. The illogicality and gaping plot holes that are present throughout are what does this one in. 

A film like Giallo should keep the audience thrilled. It should keep them guessing. It should keep you on the edge of their seat in suspense. Instead, Giallo frustrates with one illogical situation after another. In one scene, a victim to be tries to escape from the killer by walking, crying, making as much noise as humanly possible (so that the killer can find them, of course!), stopping to look at the scenery, crawling and falling about all over the place. The characters in Giallo say and do the stupidest things throughout. Horror and mystery films ask viewers for a suspension of disbelief. Giallo ask viewers to toss it out the window. [R] 91 mins.

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