Sunday, 6 June 2010
Written and directed by John Simpson, Freeze Frame (2004) is a dark psychological thriller. The film, which was shot in the Crumlin Road Jail in Belfast Northern Ireland, stars comedian Lee Evans as Sean Veil a man who was so traumatised by a near murder conviction that he constantly videotapes himself in case he is in need of a future alibi. Due to the video imagery this is a depressing and disorientating movie. Evans creepy performance is strangely disturbing substituting the frantic comedian into a frantic actor.
Greg Mottola drew on his own experiences when he wrote and directed 2008’s adolescent ‘comedy’ Adventureland. This coming of age movie is entirely predictable, quite boring and not very funny. The conventional plot involves James Brennan (Jessie Eisenberg The Squid and the Whale 2005) who has to cancel his dream summer vacation when his parents develop financial problems. Forced into taking a summer job at a tacky local amusement park he meets all sorts of orthodox wacky characters including Em (Twilight star Kristen Stewart) who he fools in love with. American Graffiti (1973) this certainly ain’t!