The Room (2003)

The Room is an interesting piece of film that has to be seen to be believed.  Many people who have explored the internet further then just the safeness of Facebook have probably come across parts of this film such as the iconic “Oh, hi Mark!” and the always classic “You are tearing me apart Lisa!“(though I preferred James Dean saying it in Rebel Without a Cause)  This movie has been credited as one of the worst films ever made, but could be argued as one of the best movies ever made due solely on the fact that it is so bad it’s great.

 

Writer, producer, directer, and lead Tommy Wiseau plays Johnny, a man who is about to get married to Lisa (Juliette Danielle), but soon finds himself caught in a love triangle when his best friend Mark (Greg Sestero) begins to have an affair with Lisa.  While this is the main plot of the story many sub-plots are brought up, and as quickly as they come they leave.  For Example Lisa’s mother, Claudette (Carolyn Minnott), brings up oh so casually that she is in fact dying because the test came back and she has breast cancer.  Never again is this brought up, and it adds nothing to the story.  Another sub-plot is Denny (Philip Haldiman)(Though I swear Wiseau calls him Danny, Debby, and anything but Denny) and his drug related debt to Chris-R(Dan Janjigian).  Chris-R threatens to hurt Denny if he doesn’t get his money and then Mark and Johnny take Chris-R away and he is never heard from again, the sub-plot is gone, and the only thing this adds to the story is I think this is where Johnny gets a gun.

 

While one or two sex scenes are fine, having seven or eight is not.  The first forty-five minutes of this ninety-nine minuet failure is filled with sex scenes that just make the film awkward to watch, though I did enjoy the first one based on the fact that when the two love birds are about to climax a guitar solo begins in the music.  I like to imagine that this guitar solo is telling Johnny “Come on, you can do this, hold strong!” which makes the film that much more funny.  Also, I noticed that the two sex scenes that Wiseau are in use the same footage, I guess Juliette Danielle didn’t like having to sleep with Wiseau, and I don’t blame her.

 

Another thing that irks me a bit is that near the end a party guest, Steven (Greg Ellery)(Though he is never actually given a name in the film) starts to become an important character.  Out of nowhere he starts to be where all the action is and is influencing it.  He is the first one to find out that Lisa’s pregnancy was a scandal to “make things interesting”.  He also walks in on Lisa and Mark having sex and tells them to stop it, I just don’t understand why he is suddenly influencing the story and he has no name!  I guess one shouldn’t be concerned with characters and their names, or lack of in this case, when there are other things to be mad at.

 

This film is cited as one of the worst films ever made, but it’s one of those so bad it’s good film.  The Room has gained a colt following much like The Rock Horror Picture Show.  People show up to screenings of The Room dressed as their favorite character, and  have a jolly good time watching the film.  I guess one of the main reasons I enjoyed this film so much (despite this entire review bashing it) is who I watched it with.  If you have a group of friends to watch this film with I would recommend watching it, maybe have a “Bad Movie Night” of sorts.  I would not watch this film alone, but if you have friends to watch it with then I say go for it.

 

 

In Time (2011)

In Time is an action sci-fi movie, which seems like a retelling of the Bonnie and Clyde story set in a futuristic (?) setting where time IS money.  People are genetically engineered to stop aging at 25, and are given one year on their 25th birthday.  They use time to pay for things and when they run out, they die.

The film starts Justin Timberlake as Will Salas, while not a bad choice I have a hard time seeing Timberlake in a serious role much like I did for Jim Carrey in the film Number 23, who lives in the ghetto.  A man who has a century of time gives it all to Will because he has grown tired of living and says to Will “For a few to be immortal, many must die,” Will takes this opportunity to overthrow the system because he believes the system is horrible and no one is meant to live forever.

I did enjoy the film, the concept was cool and cinematography was nice, however the acting seemed kind of flat.  For example, Will’s mother dies early on in the film, and when Timberlakes tries to portray sad, it doesn’t come off as authentic.  Another big example is Timberlake’s love interest and partner in the movie Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried), the chemistry between them doesn’t seem that authentic.  It just doesn’t feel real.

I also felt like some of the characters actions were questionable.  For example this worlds police, Time Keepers, are led by Raymond Leon  (played by Cillian Murphy who I quite enjoyed in Inception) who doesn’t keep much time on him (kept in some form of bank I guess) to discourage people from stealing from him.  In the final chase of the film he doesn’t realize that he is about to run out of time (though has been a cop for 50 years and it was hinted he had been in a similar situation with Will’s father) and our 2 main characters are free to go and overthrow the government because Raymond dies (he must of been 2 days from retirement) from an idiotic mistake that he should of been able to prevent.

All in all, I did like the film, and would recommend watching it when it comes on DVD/Blu-Ray, however I don’t think it deserves a trip to the theater to see.