Scissors (1991) **
D: Frank De Flitta
C: Sharon Stone, Steve Railsback, Ronny Cox, Michelle Phillips
Plot Synopsis: After a young woman is attacked in an elevator, she meets her neighbors for the first time. They happen to be two brothers with duel personalities, one of which is hiding a secret, the other who has a crush on her. Her analyst tries to help her over the attack, but when she is invited to a mysterious apartment, she finds herself trapped with the dead body of her attacker and a raven that repeatedly caws over and over again.
Review: When it comes to telling a story, one of the basic requirements is that your story has to have a beginning, middle and end. What we have with Scissors is pretty much a beginning and an end, but no real middle. The film establishes Sharon Stone as this vulnerable, insecure woman. First, in her apartment, then in her everyday activities and finally in this mysterious apartment that she's trapped in. From there, we watch, in what seems like an endless stretch, as Stone's vulnerabilities and insecurities play out on screen.
Eventually, the film arrives at some sort of ending that tries to piece together everything that has happened, but still leaves a lot of unanswered questions. In the film, we only see Stone act vulnerable and insecure, except in the final frame. How is it, that Stone comes up with some kind of formulation to try and escape her predicament? What gives Stone the strength to even try and want to escape this nightmarish scenario? Stone's character is pretty much the entire film, but Scissors fails to show us what makes this character tick once she enters this apartment setting. We see how Stone's character acts, but the film forgets to clue us into why she acts the way that she does. An intriguing premise can only carry a film so far, before you get frustrated with it.
Since Scissors is dealing with the who, what, why of a situation, the film itself is one big puzzle that has to be figured out. Scissors lays out the pieces to the puzzle and shows us the puzzle after it's been completed, but it forgets to show us the puzzle as it's being constructed. [R] 105 minutes.
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