Thursday, August 8, 2013

Twixt (2011)

During a trip through Family Video, I saw a flick that caught my eye, but it was out. I hate when that happens. Incredibly, while I had never heard of the flick before, it started popping up everywhere through the week; at Target, on Demand, everywhere. Finally, I went in today at it was there. That flick is the 2011 surrealistic thriller Twixt.

Plot/ A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, a mysterious young ghost named V. approaches him. He's unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately, he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated.

After watching this one it is easy to see that it will be an extremely polarizing flick for viewers. Coming from cinema icon Francis Ford Coppola, this movie is nothing like his masterpieces from early in his career and if you are expecting that, you will be disappointed. This surrealistic journey into darkness is both atmospheric and dark. Most of the cinematography and color decisions are amazing, the acting is solid, and it is extremely visual with a soundscape that matches perfectly. Sure some of the storyline is a bit incoherent and the script is all over the place, but it works because it makes you pay attention and think. In the end, this movie is definitely not for everyone as the surrealism takes you more toward Mulholland Drive than the Godfather, but it is an entertaining movie to watch if you like that style of movie. 

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