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Crime Punishment In Suburbia Review


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If you're seeking enlightenment on what you think would be a modern reverberation on the timeless Fyodor Dostoyevsky masterpiece, don't be misled by Crime + Punishment in Suburbia. While the film opens with a quotation from Crime and Punishment, which, I suppose, is intended to lead us to a new interpretation of the book, that's the only (tenuous) connection. In the novel, the protagonist, Raskolnikov, rebels against the morality imposed on him by a society and kills an innocent woman. He later discovers that the worst punishment for the murder was the one his guilty conscience made him to endure. And perhaps, if you concentrate hard enough, the suffering Raskolnikov could conceivably parallel that of a pudgy adolescent Roseanne (Monica Keena, ex of Dawson's Creek), one of the main characters in the movie.

Completed before American Beauty, this artificial little movie resembles it in every way possible, mainly because it examines the very same set of stereotypes about malfunctioning wealthy suburbanites. Vincent (Vincent Kartheiser), a sallow loner, follows Roseanne everywhere with his camera. Given the privilege to provide voice-over for most of the film, we hope that he is the voice of wisdom, or at least revelation in the story. Far from it: His philosophy is one of a self-possessed New Age spiritual guru who is convinced he can save Roseanne from hell she is living in. What Ricky was able to see with his lens in American Beauty revealed the hidden layers of human behavior. Vincent, by comparison, as well as the whole ensemble of characters in Crime + Punishment, goes through the plot's twists and turns without a single coherent thought in his head.

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New Port South Review


Weak
Great premise, no delivery.

New Port South tells what ought to be an interesting story but flubs it at every step of the way. New Port South is a Chicago suburb and the name of a highschool, where a distressed kid named Maddox (Blake Shields) wants to fight the power. Not only does he equate the constant monitoring of highschool with prison, he's sure there's some conspiracy surrounding a teen who caused a lot of trouble two years earlier. Maddox decides to organize a propaganda campaign and organizes other forms of civil disobedience... to what end? His goals are never clear, except that he wants to take pictures instead of write papers. Well who don't!?

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