Acting: The key concept of this film is the acting and the group of players in this drama are certainly worthy of the Victorian era of acting. Sweeney's drole is a high intensity, moral challenging, spectacle that is a constant rise and fall of emotion. It's contained, it's realistic and she executes her roles so well, even in the more "adventurous" bouts of love making that arise. A nod to her acceptance to put herself in this type of role, Sydney is indeed the central pillar of the movie. Smith does well in his roles, a sort of wavering compass that challenges the excitement of the situation and tries to navigate the moral ambiguity of the modern world. He's got some fun delivery of lines, has some great execution of emotion, and certainly plays the part of the supporting actor well. Hardy and Natasha Liu Bordizzo are also fantastic supporting roles in this movie, as the very party they are viewing in much of this madness. Hardy has that air of creepiness and artistic nature this movie flourishes on, while Bordizzo nails the intriguing, seductive wife who holds much potential in this display. The fearsome foursome will each play a big part in Sydney's performance and the chemistry is quite strong in my opinion.
Artistic: Praise to the muses who motivate the new approaches to cinema making and storytelling. The Voyeurs accomplishes the artistic goal and takes concepts we take for granted, molding them into a new piece that is indeed intriguing to watch. The movie's various acts each have a certain style to the mix, taking on a change in attitude that feels very much like a fleshed out play. It's got heat, it's got style, and it does it's best to sort of reflect on the moral decisions brought up in this movie.
Some Comedy: It's not my favorite style, but some of the comedy was perfect for a dark and drier atmosphere that this cinema showing focused on. Don't expect slapstick and super clever lines that will be on T-shirts, because it's very little. No, this is the type where irony, quirks, and how our vices are humorous in how dark and self-centered they can be. This dark comedy is meant for a different brand of goer.
Assessment of Ethics: The movie is a giant reflection on the modern trends of today's world, at least some of the darker aspects that seem to be the normal. Ethical discussions sort of take place in the banter, but it is the visual style that examines the facets of watching and butting into people's lives. As the obsession grows, the consequences that arise start to really hit home, and the debate to determine the next course to drive the story and hopefully have you reflect too.
The Ending: Though not quite as shocking as they were probably going for, I must admit the Voyeurs' ending is really a crowning achievement of climactic finale. The culmination of all the ideas, the exploitation of things you have not noticed, and some of the thoughts the plot may stimulate are well wrapped up as the revelations emerge. I loved the wrap up, the piecing of information together and really bringing the emotional tension to a major height with a very satisfying conclusion. Though there is a stretch of the imagination and it feels a little out of sync with the other parts of the film, but overall it is the cherry on top of the intense sundae.
The Pace: I agree with my fellow reviewers that the pace is pretty bad for much of the ovie. The Voyeurs is a realistic portrayal of life with an artistic lens, and much like real life, this particular focus is a bit boring. The realistic conversations, meeting at cafes and the intro does little to stimulate things and without the fun dialogue and entertainment aspects... it's not the most fun opening. Once the drama starts, you got to be a fan of the dark comedy or the vices that soap operas and modern medical dramas thrive on, or else you will be bored with what they present given not much really moves.
The Plot Holes/Logic Gaps: For a movie all about the sinful vices, these moments are going to be excusable, and fans of the genre will also forgive the lack of logic that this movie seems to take pleasure in diving into. The fact that one couple seems to notice, but the others do not is just one of the arguments that someone can throw, alongside several other factors that are a bit of stretch to ignore for those who look for logical layouts. These moments sort of stack upon one another, and depending on if you can get lost in the artistic nature of the film will determine your tolerance. Some other things include the ignorance of certain characters, the reactions when certain information is shared is a bit lacking, and some of how they handle the situations are just a few examples of the logical gap. Fortunately, this movie does handle this in a better way, but I won't say anything else to reduce the risks of spoilers.
The Character involvement: As I said, the cast of four have great chemistry, and sadly I would have liked a little more integration and involvement of each other in the lives based on the way the crumbs were being laid. The movie starts trying to lead us down directions that suggest some of these deeper meanings and relationships, but they kind of fizzle out for the focus on the sexier aspects of the movie. Given how long that it took to get to the "meat" of the movie, and even longer to get to the sizzling ending I liked, more integration amidst these four could have been engaging. The secondary and tertiary characters are also much of a waste and given we had to take tangents to involve other facets of life, were really not needed in my opinion.
The Porn: Your tolerance for sexual scenes is going to vary, and I'll admit this part of the film serves multiple aspects on the sake of the story. However, it does not mean I want to see it in the nature, manner, and details that they did. The Voyeurs holds little back in hiding the act of intercourse, and some of the endeavors that go with it. While nothing too bestial or alternative role play, it's still not fun for viewers like me to see the awkward nature of watching and acting at the same time. In fact it's a bit gross and awkward, and the fact we see it happen multiple times certainly earns the R rating of the film. This kind of stuff adds little in terms of what I enjoy, so it gets a dislike in just the excess that they chose to bring with it.
The VERDICT: The Voyeurs is a movie that is a bit more original, has some spice to it, and is truly an artistic visualization addressing key concepts the world needs to revisit. Bringing shock factor is certainly key to help one readers habits that they may share, and the drama is certainly top notch to rival a modern day drama on say ABC, but with much better acting and control compared to the writing of the tired shows. However, it's very strength of artistry may also be its biggest flaw as well, and the fact that it robs some of the entertainment value that I like in my dramas. The pace is not my speed and takes a while to really get into the intriguing "suspense, focusing on real life relationships that offer little in terms of content. The plot gaps are heavy, and more so the suspense of logic that some story hunters are going to pick apart with ease. Though it handles this well, it requires sticking to the end to see it come together, something that may be difficult given the amount of erotic focus this film does. If that's your cup of tea, hit it up immediately, but if you want more sustenance and a little more engagement, veer away from this film instead.
My scores are: Drama/Mystery/Thriller: 7.5 Movie Overall: 6.5.
Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Pippa and Thomas move into their dream apartment, they notice that their windows look directly into the apartment opposite - inviting them to witness the volatile relationship of the attractive couple across the street. But when they attempt to anonymously intercede in their lives, they unwittingly set in motion a chain of events that will lead to disaster.
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September 10, 2021 at 03:28 PM