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Life is only what you wonder.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Wonder Boy Approved

Mysterious Skin
    (2004) Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brady Corbet, Michelle Trachtenberg and Elizabeth Shue
As to not spoil the plot, all you really need to know is this:
At age eight, in their small Kansas hometown, Neil McCormick and Brian Lackey both played on the same Little League baseball team.
Ten years later, the boys couldn't be more different.
Neil (Joseph gordon-Levitt) has become a cold and hardened teenage hustler, while Brian (Brady Corbet) has become a shy introvert obsessed with the idea that he was abducted by aliens.
When these two paralell lives eventually intersect, both boys discover their haunting shared past.

And this:
This movie is as brilliant as it is disturbing and thought-provoking. Josph Gordon-Levitt's portrayal of Neil, "who has a bottomless black hole where his heart should be", is nothing short of amazing, and Brady Corbet's Brian who is desperately trying to delve into the secrets of his own past is equally good in his role. Elizabeth Shue, is also very well cast as Neil's free-spirited mom.

It should be noted that Mysterious Skin is not for the squeamish, as it contains some very unsettling and shocking elements: a terrifying rape scene, a scene involving fireworks, and the disturbing revelations at the end when Brian's "lost hours" are finally brought to the surface -- just when you think it can't possibly get any worse, it does.

In conclusion, this film is a gripping, moving film that definitely isn't for everyone, but is unquestionably worth seeing for it's performances.
Highly reccomended.

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