What They Say

By Brett Mullins

Released: 2011

Directed by Justin Romine

A wealthy young woman is unhappy with her privileged ‘cookie-cutter’ life. She finds relief in the privacy of her bathroom and the edge of a razorblade.

What They Say is a message film that says ‘family life sometimes sucks!’ The main character goes day to day wearing a mask while harboring dark, disturbing thoughts far beneath. The audience learns of her troubled past which results in a somewhat developed character.

What this film fails to do is to make the audience care about the main character. If the audience doesn’t care whether our protagonist lives or dies, then it’s difficult to convey any strong sense of emotion. This film reminds me of a short, Crestfallen, which deals with similar themes but does not confine itself to the ‘family life sometimes sucks!’ idea. In this regard, Crestfallen is quite a superior film.

It is not often the case that the filmmaker wants the audience in a state of apathy, especially considering the themes of suicide present. What They Say misses the mark in this regard. On a brighter note, the film features excellent artwork which happens to be a good bit darker than the film itself.

Rating: 3/10

This Film was screened at the 2012 Atlanta Horror Film Festival. 

1 comment:

  1. Brett, I completely agree about the need to care about a character. "Why do I care?" is a question I ask myself every time I watch a film. If I can't find a reason to care for these people, then what is the point of making a film?