The Parralex View

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2010 at 10:52 am

After the assassination of a leading U.S. senator, journalist Joseph Frady (Warren Beatty) notices that the reporters who witnessed the murder are inexplicably dying. Frady investigates and finds that the assassination was part of a conspiracy involving a shadowy therapy institute called the Parallax Corporation. Driven by curiosity, he infiltrates Parallax in an effort to uncover the truth. Hume Cronyn co-stars as Frady’s editor.

One of the great thing about watching pre-CGI films is that they must rely on story development and solid characters in order to keep the viewer interested.  Or should I say, they are supposed to rely on these things.  

This film started out quite interesting, with the assassination coming within the first 2 minutes of the movie.  Unfortunately, that was the most interesting part of the entire film.  From the outset, you get absolutely no indication as to who anyone is, how they are connected and why you should even care in the first place.

The story moves along at a slower than a snail’s pace, and by the time you reach the “dramatic” conclusion, you really and truly don’t have no idea what is going on.  

Characters are just randomly introduced without any exposition who they actually are and how they are involved with Beatty’s investigation, and when you finally think you have something figured out, the character simply disappears, never to be seen from again. 

There is a 20 minute segment in the about 40 minutes in that has absolutely nothing to do with anything else in the rest of the movie.  You just sit there going “umm, ok, what did they need to fill some space up?”

I am a big fan of both Warren Beatty and 70s thriller movies, but I can not recommend anyone sit through this film. On the whole, a very poor viewing experience. 

1 out of 5 stars. 


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