movie: The Paperboy
starring: Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman
genre: Drama, Crime,
format; Netflix Canada
plot:While reporting about a murder, a young reporter is dragged into the center of it. Falling for the girlfriend of the man who's innocence he's trying to help prove, while learning about some of the darker aspects to those around him.
This is based on the novel of the same name.
This starts off as a pretty straight forward crime story, but looses itself a bit when it takes a turn into the relationship between the Efron character and Kidman's. It's dark without really jumping full throttle into the shadows, just sort of edging around them.
I can't say I didn't like it, and I can't fully say I did. There is a semi-sex scene that is between Kidman and John Cusack. It's devised to be as awkward as possible, as Kidman shows what she's willing at that point to do for her boyfriend; with many cut aways to the other characters while they are stuck in the room with them.
The ending as predictable as it is, still manages to pack a punch, as we see Efron's character making his way through the swamp. I do like the scene earlier in the film, where Efron is swimming and attacked by the jellyfish, and manages to in his dizziness focus on Kidman. It's the point in the character's arch where he realizes there is no going back to what his life was like before meeting her.
what do i think i learned from this movie? Love is never cut and dry, there are too many reasons not to take the risk and too many reasons to.