Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Blind Malice - Review - @BrandonCSites


Blind Malice (2015) **
D: Graham Streeter
C: Angelina Prendergast, Grace Zabriskie, Grim Hans-Christian Bernhoft, Tim Bagley

Plot Synopsis: Karen, a visually impaired teen (Angelina Prendergast) and her grandmother (Grace Zabriskie) make a routine visit to clean the family-owned rental property. However, things become unsettling when Karen finds herself alone and childhood memories surface.

Review: For over an hour, Blind Malice is a straight forward tale of a blind girl being stalked by a homeless man. It's an unremarkable take on the stalker / home invasion sub-genre of horror, but there's an air of unease in the atmosphere. It's moderately suspenseful and there's a tangible sense of sexual tension between leading lady Angelina Prendergast & antagonist Grim Hans-Christian Bernhoft.

However, in the last fifteenth or so minutes, they take a detour to throw in a plot twist, the type of plot twist that tells viewers that everything they've witnessed isn't what really happened, but that something else entirely different happened. My question is WHY?!? Do they not realize that when they throw in these types of plot twists that it renders everything else pointless? After all, who wants to spend an hour of their life watching something only to be told it was for nothing? 

Blind Malice starts with an idea of what it wants to be, but then meanders off in a bunch of directions leaving a variety of open ended plot lines. First, it's a stalker / home invasion thriller. Then it deviates to become something else. However, I can't say what that something else is without revealing the plot twist. Then, as if that wasn't enough, they go off in another direction with the introduction of a new scenario within the last few minutes. This new scenario feels like the beginning of another film even though it's supposed to be bringing closure to the proceedings. 

It's as though writer Graham Streeter got impatient while writing the script and never fully saw out any one idea. What Blind Malice needed was a guiding principal, someone to say that this is the overall objective and to see that objective all the way until the end. This left me with one question. If Blind Malice couldn't bother to see one plot thread out, why should audiences bother to see this out? [Not Rated] 84 minutes.

AKA: Unpeaceable

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3 comments:

  1. Hints are there all the way through that what we are seeing may not be the truth: the rapist warns her about the fence, the Meds she combines with Marijuana, the flashbacks to her abusive Father, the changes in rapists wounds, the incense... I thought it pretty good and the ending is great - grandma gonna 'fix' things as she says.

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  2. Hints are there all the way through that what we are seeing may not be the truth: the rapist warns her about the fence, the Meds she combines with Marijuana, the flashbacks to her abusive Father, the changes in rapists wounds, the incense... I thought it pretty good and the ending is great - grandma gonna 'fix' things as she says.

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    1. Instead of trying to hide the story, why not tell that story from the get go?

      In a film like Jackie Brown, it works, because it's a movie about everyone trying to hide their motives. Here, not so much, because it prevents the characters and their plight from being developed in any meaningful way.

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