I had high hopes for this film, however, within the first five minutes I knew it was going to be an arduous experience.
There is a term in the film industry call "a slow burn", which describes a film as slow moving, but with a plot that is palatable and engaging. This film did not have the spark big enough to create a "slow burn" that was needed. Simply said, this film was a dud.
This was Alex Pettyfer's first attempt at directing and I know personally, but indirectly, how challenging this can be. Someone should have warned Alex that directing and starring in your first film, unless you are experienced in both capacities, is a recipe for failure and watching this film proves my point.
So why did this film fail? The film's very slow pace and disjointed plot did not provide the viewer with a coherent sense of engagement. The film's slow pace made it difficult to understand the basic premise of the plot, as it was not clear how each scene was significantly related to the next. Sex scenes were "parachuted" into the film without any context or significance, adding to the disjointedness of this film. However, more disturbing to me was that it wasn't clear if all the sex scenes were consensual, which in the "me too movement" doesn't exactly convey the right message. If this film was expected to be cerebral and thought provoking, then it failed miserably.
In fairness to Alex Pettyfer, the film's failings had nothing to do with his acting performance, which was admirable, strong and convincing, and he was rightly cast for the part. In general, the whole cast gave very good performances, which leads me to believe that either the writing or the directing was this film's Achilles heel.
Disclaimer: I only managed to make it through 49 minutes of this film, so my review is based on the first 49 minutes. If you do decide to watch this film and make it past the 49 minute mark, then kudos to you for having more patience and stamina than I did.
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