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Closure (Bilingual) [Import]
Actors: Anthony Calf - Danny Dyer - Francesca Fowler - Gillian Anderson - Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Director: Dan Reed. Format: DVD. Runtime: 80 Mins. Language: English. Subtitle: English Subtitles. Discs: 1. Rating: Unrated. Genre: Action. Release Year: 2007.
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Despite the shortcomings, many scenes and situations were quite engaging. Anderson's character radiated an intense sexuality and her casual seduction of the security system tech was quite credible. I doubt that the "relationship" would have lasted long without the brutal interlude on their way home from the party, but once forced together by their shared horror and injury, the increasing pathology of their relationship becomes riveting. The gender reversal is a nice touch: she becomes stronger, dominant, and more bent on revenge; he shies away from violence, weak, damaged, and literally impotent.
Eventually, this reversal is reversed, albeit without full justification in my opinion. Her desire for revenge is quickly sated, far short of what was originally planned, while his accelerates dramatically. Another paradox is presented by the rapist/father: he claims to have only raped the Anderson character to distract his cronies from raping his daughter, but he did so with a level of brutality that does not seem consistent with a "fatherly" figure. Then, this brutal rapist/concerned father suffers remorse that leads him to attempt suicide, which will leave his daughter at the mercy of the men from whom he originally sought to protect her. Illogical, but an interesting sequence of events.
Likewise, the abrupt ending. At first I was shocked and disappointed, then I realized that nothing more could have been said or done. Any subsequent plot or dialog would have diminished the power of what occurred.
The mere fact that I felt compelled to spend time analyzing the motivation for these plot and character twists supports my personal conviction that there are moments of high quality in this production. When a movie is entirely bad, there is absolutely no compulsion for analysis. I admit that flaws and contradictions exist in this production, but like a stew made from things of varying appeal...in my opinion, there is enough here to justify the meal.
One final note: I agree with one reviewer in questioning the origination of the idea voiced repeatedly in reviews that the rapist/attackers were "hunters". It is clearly stated in the movie that the three men were out drinking and returning home. Hunting was never mentioned.
The last movie she co-starred in was The Last King Of Scotland even if it was small part it was good to see that she is still acting.
Closure which probably opened in the UK but went straight to DVD in the states isn't a bad movie.It's brutal,sexual,masturbation,violent rape scene (not as much as the cult classic "I Spit On Your Grave")and focuses on one woman's quest for revenge and her male (boy toy) going from a scared weakling and finding himself.
This movie is borderline X-rated,so it's not a family movie or even along the lines of Death Wish or The Brave One.It's very sadistic,you don't get to bond with the characters and I don't think you would want to.
The ending will sure enough be a big surprise.
If you looking for a Death Wish than this in NOT the movie for you,better movie in this catergory is "I Spit On You're Grave".Brutal but you understood why the character did what she had to do.
With this movie you kind of wish they had called the authorities and made more like Jodie Foster's "The Accused".
If you're a Gillian Anderson fan it's a watch but not if you are looking for the innocent Gillian Anderson than skip it,her character will make you throw up.The last time she did a movie with a tad of nudity was her first movie "The Turning".This is a 360 degree turn compared to that one.Which will make you either cringe or say,it's about time she starts taking roles of characters that are not like Agent Scully or sane.
In "Closure", he is building up a thriller from an everyday 'regular' situation. Familiar urban environments quickly become grey and monotonous in an unsettling way, people gatherings also transformed: for example, the party scene looks like it is turning into a party of shadows. Equally unsettling is the depiction of muddy and drizzly countryside (the photography is outstanding). The sounds - whistling wind, rustling leaves, characters barely talking, mostly breathing heavily and moaning or yelling and screaming. All characters (both 'good' and 'bad') are alienated from each other, they meet and interact because they happen to be in the same, mostly wrong, places. All are emotionally empty, except for the rage and desperation which give them some short-lived intentionality and purpose. Very good Anderson and Dyer.
There is no closure after watching "Closure". The movie could have been longer than 80 minutes to allow the (very talented) director some space to better develop some of the characters. After watching it last night I was under the immediate impression of the violence depicted, but later on I was even more struck by desolation, sadness and loneliness of the characters' condition.
This is not the movie to relax, but the movie that will make you think.
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