Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bechtloff Movie Night: Live! (2007)


I never heard of this movie until like a month ago. I caught it on HBO at about the halfway point and was immediately sucked in. I've since had a chance to watch the whole thing and was very impressed. The premise is simple, Eva Mendes plays a television executive who develops a reality show in which six people play Russian roulette on live TV and the five survivors are awarded five million dollars each.

We see Eva's character Katy first come up with the idea, we see the extensive casting process, we really get to know the 6 contestants, we see the legal struggles the network must go through, we see a rather slow but very engaging built up to the eventual event. It ends up being the 5th person who gets killed. I couldn't help but wonder, what if it was the 6th person. He would have no real incentive to go through with it beyond perhaps keeping his word. What if he refused? Would they have shot him? It's bound to one day come up as at the end of the movie we see this ends up becoming a once a year television event. Anyways getting back to the plot after the death we see Katy in the bathroom throwing up, apparently having a hard time coming to grips with what she's done. As she exits the bathroom and fights her way through reporters she is shot and killed by a deranged gunman. Did the contents of the show inspire this act of violence? No explanation is given.

This was an impressive film. Mendes gives a far better performance then I ever thought she had in her. The premise is interesting, and the film really squeezes all it can from it. If you haven't seen this you should.

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