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SFF’13 Movie Review: “Sightseers”

January 28, 2013

Sightseers“Sightseers” is directed by British filmmaker Ben Wheatley, who brought such dark modern classics as “Down Terrace” and “Kill List”. Now he brings us a truly black comedy about two young lovers who’ve reached a pivotal moment in their lives; questioning their importance and existence to this fucked up little world, but on of course on the side they kill people.

Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show his sweet girlfriend Tina (Alice Lowe) a world she’s been robbed of all her life. Tina’s led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see – the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that separates these wonders in his life. But it doesn’t take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina’s meddling mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris’s dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him up the wrong way, over a very jagged edge.

“Sightseers” is not your typical serial killer film, the movie shows us just how happy-go-lucky killing random victims makes our two leads feel. It’s sort of a whimsical version of “Natural Born Killers” if I were to put it any other way. It tackles some very interesting things. Like last years “God Bless America”, the people that Chris kills are people that annoy him or have a certain human defect about them that makes them deserve to die. Then it takes a different turn and becomes more about impressing and one upping one another. Tina falls into the game of killing, and it’s not something Chris wanted her to do, mostly because he cares so much for her.

I love a good dark comedy, I even love it when a dark comedy becomes pitch black, like again, “God Bless America”. The first kill shown in this movie, I knew we were in for a treat. The violence can be brutal, but there’s something about them that comes off very humours, perhaps it’s how the character of Chris handles the situation, and how Tina innocently reacts to them. When she sadly learns about the first kill, the first thing that comes to mind is ‘the holiday is now ruined’.

I know a lot of people were questioning the ending, personally I found it to be brilliant, and was simply the best human punch line ever created. While the last 15 mins does tend to drag, when it becomes a tad more serious and over dramatic, it doesn’t really faultier all that much, because that last minute is just so perfect in every way you could imagine.

GRADE: A-

 

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