Monday, June 11, 2012

Random Movie Review: Shame

Shame (2011)
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan

The first scene in this movie lays out the NC-17 rating by showing you a full-view shot of Michael's Fass-member.

The story follows Brandon (Fassbender), through his exploits as a sex-addict. He keeps a private, lonely life, which allows for his habit to exist without interference. When his sister Sissy (Mulligan) shows up, things start going awry. She stumbles upon his exploits, his work begins to suspect something and he finds himself unable to perform with a woman he actually has feelings for. Sissy also has a number of issues and the two of them together brew a perfect storm for a terrible event. In the end, it all leads to Brandon wondering if he can change his ways.

It is an interesting exploration of human flaws and how they effect various situations and relationships. Fassbender is quickly becoming the 'it' guy in Hollywood after the indie hit Fish Tank and the Tarantino hit Inglourious Basterds, he's appeared in X-Men: First Class, Jane Eyre, A Dangerous Method, as well as this film and Prometheus (which I will review shortly).

Fassbender and Mulligan did a wonderful job in this movie. I usually am drawn to Mulligan, so I was surprised to find her off-putting in this role, but then realized that that was sort of the point and came around on her performance. However, the movie sort of doesn't go anywhere in the end and it is sort of anti-climactic (though many climaxes are shown throughout - har dee har). I will rate this a 7/10

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