BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
SEPTEMBER 25, 2010
A trend is forming in films. Although it is entirely plausible that I am the odd man out, thrillers have grown stale and uninspiring as of late. “The Square” follows in the path of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” and “The Red Riding Trilogy” in offering little to distinguish them from any previous films in the genre. These films would appear recycled even if they came out ten years ago. Perhaps that is the art of these films, creating antiquity, but they lack the “wow” factor that makes them worth second viewings.
“The Square” takes the antediluvian tale of two inauspicious lovers in an affair. To run away together, the lovers hire an assassin who will burn down the woman’s house as a cover for her to steal the money her husband has hidden. Of course, things go wrong, outsiders discover the affair, and all hell breaks loose, leading to more death and lies than initially planned.
David Roberts is the only real familiar face but lacks the star power to support such an undertaking. The supporting cast plays their roles conventionally, offering no striking exhibitions.
Please do not misinterpret my dislike for these films as not appreciating the work that goes into them. The camera work remains exceptional without seeing the artist’s brush strokes, the acting is present, and the story is understandable. Still, compared to the potential of these films, they hardly serve a purpose. Not everyone can make a cohesive film, so developing a conditioned film is a feat. But there comes the point where films are being made simply for making films, serving no higher purpose. To me, “The Square” is such a film.
April 9, 2010
Village Roadshow Limited
(for violence and language)
Claire van der Boom