Monday, October 27, 2014

Review - 'Mall' Combines Grindhouse Horror With Mindbending Psychological Twists

 Telling the story of a mass shooting is tricky business, and there’s always the danger of accusations of glamorizing the violence, or of presenting the killer as some sort of idealized “cool” or “tough” character appealing to wrongheaded viewers inclined to admire someone feared by the public. Director Joe Hahn (of Linkin Park fame) avoids these pitfalls in his feature film debut Mall (based on Eric Bogosian’s novel) by exploring a set of diverse people with their own subplots that converge at random when the shooting event knocks them all askew.

Instead of a a theatrical release, the film released on VOD and DVD/Blu-ray. Digital has seen strong increases over the last two years, and I think that format in particular is where Mall will find most of its home entertainment audience. The concept is timely, as mass shootings have sadly become so common we see practically one every week these days, and yet few films have addressed the topic. Adding the horror sensibilities should be an additional benefit for VOD and DVD/Blu-ray rentals, where horror releases are especially strong.
The film’s posters and sound track should likewise assist the marketing, with very clear targeted appeal to indie fans, horror and thriller fans, and loyal fans familiar with Link Park’s music. With a budget of just over $1 million, it won’t take much for Mall to be in the black. A soundtrack release alone, which should receive a nice boost from Linkin Park fans, means merchandising will help the overall cume.

....The main character is a teenager named Jeff (played by Cameron Monaghan a social misfit obsessed with Hermann Hesse’s the novel Steppenwolf and nonplussed by a world of conventions that don’t meet his standards or desires. Mal is the gunman portrayed by Animal Kingdom’s James Frencheville, and all we know is that he was fired from a tuxedo shop at the mall, is tweaked out methamphetamine, and armed to the hilt. Then there’s Danny, a businessman portrayed by Vincent D’Onofrio who hangs out at the mall watching women and peeping into dressing rooms. Gina Gershon‘s role, Donny, is a housewife who feels ignored and unappreciated by her husband and children, seeking attention from other men at the mall and bars. Finally, there are Jeff’s social acquaintances (not really friends) and his love interest (played by India Menuez), a collection of mostly mindless, dumb drug-addled teens motivated mostly by their urges and lacking self-control or sympathy.

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1 comment:

Claire said...

Still no word on the song though, hm? Oh well.
BTW Gina Gershon in 'Showgirls' ... oh my!

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