Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Grimm Love - Review - @BrandonCSites / #KeriRussell

Grimm Love (2006) **
D: Martin Weisz
C: Keri Russell, Thomas Kretschmann, Thomas Huber, Rainier Meissner, Angelika Bartsch, Alexander Martschewski, Nils Dommning, Marcus Lucas, Pascal Andres, Helga Bellinghausen
P: A graduate student becomes dangerously obsessed with getting into the psyche of a cannibal and his willing victim.

For those willing to go along for the ride, Grimm Love manages to pull viewers into a twisted and dark story through an appealing performance courtesy of Keri Russell. As her character becomes more involved with digging through things to get to the bottom of it all, the viewer becomes more involved with this perversely fascinating story. Seeing a normal person that viewers can relate to, in the form of Russell, draws one into a story that most (if any) wouldn't have been normally drawn to, to begin with. In a way, Russell's obsession becomes the viewer’s obsession as the story unfolds and viewers become more deeply entrenched.

The final act, in which the cannibal and his willing victim meet up, is one of the most harrowing final acts of any film out there. There's an oddly seductive quality to this chapter of the film. Like Russell's character, the viewer & Keri Russell have gone too far together and need to know how all of this resolves itself. Grimm Love tests the endurance of audience members and challenges them to look inside themselves and see if they can mysteriously find themselves absorbed in a repellent story. Is Grimm Love entertainment? No, but it's the kind of film that knows how to hook audience members in who are willing to take a journey to the darker places of human activity. [R] 90 mins.

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