‘Based on true LA stories’ – I’m not exactly sure what that means, but if this film is anything to go by, then it’s nothing good…
Um, it’s hard to pin point. What I do know is that there’s a lot of intersecting stories, and they jump around between them quite a lot so it’s hard to keep track. On top of that it can drag a little in parts and become rather boring, especially when you’re trying to make sense of where everything is leading… but according to the back blurb on the DVD it’s (as mentioned) based on true LA stories, wherein a guy orders a hit on his wife and then regrets it and tries to stop the murder… at least that’s one of the stories.
I’m not entirely sure. There are one or two gruesome scenes, so it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s also not for those looking to be entertained.
The Bottom Line
Okay, so Rebecca Da Costa is exempt from criticism here – she’s Brazilian, and certainly held my interest for a while, in between them jumping sporadically to another story, because, of course she can’t very well be in every scene.
This is usually where I state the most redeemable qualities of the movie and then weigh that up with the bad… so here goes: You know how certain A-grade films use seasoned yet fringe actors to fill the minor roles, well here you have those fringe actors taking centre stage while they got B-list-ers to fill the other parts (so expect one or two suspect acting performances). FYI I am actually a pseudo fan of William Forsyth (he does have talent), but the man has done some atrocious films in his day… the same, to a slightly lesser degree, can be said for Malcom McDowell. Anyway, I did note that some effort was put into the filming and cinematography side of things, but I think this film would have worked better as a very long trailer – that would have been a bit more entertaining at least.
L.A., I hate you – need we comment on the terrible name itself – just lacked in too many departments (writing, directing, editing, a proper title) to resemble something aiming to be the shadow of a decent film.
About Steven Benjamin:
A Capetonian – the only son, amongst four siblings, of a demure working mother and a missionary (once upon a time) for a father. Humble and God fearing, I’m a writer looking to add a different perspective whilst also telling stories on the side. I’ve lugubriously turned to writing after failing in a mental attempt to become a Formula 1 driver. I’m currently also working on my spicy debut novel, The Quiet Days!