Reviewed by: Misty Wagner
|Featuring:||Stephen Dorff … Johnny Marco
Elle Fanning … Cleo
Michelle Monaghan … Rebecca
Benicio Del Toro … Celebrity (uncredited)
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|Director:||Sofia Coppola—“Lost in Translation”|
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Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is a well known actor. Having achieved moderate wealth and status seems to have done nothing for him. Aside from drug use, liquor and random sexual encounters, he finds himself completely void of any real challenge or purpose. When his daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) surprises him with a long term visit, Johnny finds himself feeling more alive than he has in a long time…
I wish there was more that I could say about this movie. I wish the story had more depth and loveliness, but the truth is that it was pretty difficult to surmise the above plot from this film.
Where to begin? Quality, technical execution and overall film production aside, this movie is riddled with offensiveness… There are several instances of female nudity; a few sex scenes, both on screen and off screen, complete with sound effects; there is drug and alcohol abuse; inappropriate dialogue around a child; profanities…
Technically speaking, “Somewhere” is easily one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. Long, awkward scenes that end of completely irrelevant. An out of place soundtrack, with lazily edited tracks or long stretches of complete silence. Overall, there is not one single thing that I found moderately effective or redemptive about this film, though I kept hoping there would be. After the longest almost two hours I have experienced in a long time, the group of people that I viewed this film with were only left feeling uncomfortable and thoroughly confused.
Violence: Mild / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Extreme
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