Hampered by past choices and trying to start anew despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles – an inevitable recipe for success in a more conventional movie. Here, however, other inevitabilities are at work: poverty, racism, and fatal amounts of bad luck.
Questions of truthfulness are also inevitable, especially in a work based on controversial real events. Ryan Cogler’s much-lauded directorial debut tries harder to honor its protagonist than to tell the story with a strong dramaturgical loop. Combined with real footage, this adds a documentary touch in stark contrast to certain events that are rather hard to believe.
Powerful and soft, tense and relaxed, true and false, clear and muddled. Not in my undecided book.
Fake or real, chance or plan, friend or foe, victim or perpetrator? Rooney Mara excels as the enigmatic focal point of this aptly titled – and quite Hitchcockian – tale about unknown, unexpected, and unwanted consequences.
Neat satirical jabs at Big Pharma, but as a whole this is both too unlikely and too simplistic for my book of drug-induced, criminally inclined mental disorder.