The Historian

2014

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IMDb Rating 6.2 10 349

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Cast

William Sadler as Valerian Hadley
Colin Cunningham as Chris Fletcher
John Cullum as Brigston Hadley
Leticia Jimenez as Stacey Castillo

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by cekadah 2 / 10

2 hours of cheap & bad

Everything about this movie is cheap and bad! The plot is bad, the acting is bad (especially by Miles Doleac the writer/director and main actor), the production is cheap and the supporting actors are bad. And that actor Colin Cunningham just looked and acted too much like Pauly Shore in this movie. (And I like Pauly Shore movies)

Sometimes a movie can be cheap but not bad. And sometimes a movie can be bad and far from cheap. But here in 'The Historian' you have both. I sat through all two hours of this disaster thinking it might just give some laughs because it kept sinking into a melodramatic soap opera bog of bad. Well that didn't happen!

And then in true Bible belt fashion (this movie was made in Mississippi) a sermonet on Jesus is thrown in for what reason I don't know. Something about living your principles I think. And my opinion on that scene can be found in Nina Simone's famous song about Mississippi.

Reviewed by nwsts 3 / 10

Bad, really bad

I can't understand who are writing these glowing reviews for this movie, or,for that matter, why they are writing them. The script is just awful. By script I mean the story and dialog are awful. And by awful I mean painful AND boring. And, whoever encouraged this guy (Miles Doleac) to screen-write, should be forced to spend 4 years at whatever university this movie is set in. Two things stand out as most painful. First, if not for hackneyed expressions and unrelated drivel there would be no dialog. Second, the soundtrack's music was both bad and inconsistent with the scene action. On the plus side was Leticia Jimenez. Other actors gave average performances, mainly because it was impossible to rise above the dialog and scenes given to them. Hopefully, we'll see Ms Jimenez again, and if we ever see Mr. Doleac again, it should only be in *front* of the camera.

Reviewed by Ashleigh_B 4 / 10

Unsettling

The film overall is nothing particularly special. The acting is a little thick, the pace drags in a few places, and the score is a little over-wrought. The narrative gets heavy-handed as the story winds down. I felt like the themes were hitting me over the head, rather than appearing naturally from time to time.

But the most unsettling thing about this movie is how the narrative frames sexual violence. Rape is framed as a problem-solver for both Anna and Ben. Anna is victimized as a plot device, which is used to resolve the conflicts of Anna's dissertation being held up by Hadley, and is a fix-all for Ben's visiting professorship conflict. Ben gets to use Anna's rape for his personal and professional benefit. Hadley faces no consequences for his actions, save for the punch in the face delivered by white-knight Ben. The fact that Ben more or less tells Anna that rape/sexual violence is an occupational hazard in academia is incredibly distressing. The narrative supports this character's assertion that sexual violence in academia is the norm and does nothing to demonstrate that this is a flaw or misconception particular to Ben. Since the director is actually a professor at the university where the movie was filmed, he's clearly trying to blur the line between fiction and reality (and if he's not, the effect is the same because his dual roles do in fact blur the line for him). Overall, I object on several levels to the film's treatment of rape. I think it's dangerous to depict a rapist not being held accountable for his actions. I'm disappointed. I had hoped a movie set in an educated atmosphere would not resort to such cheap tricks as relying on sexual violence to wrap up so many conflicts in a little bow.

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