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  • Nov 29, 2010


I remember when this film first came out all I heard about was some big controversy about a black man chaining up a naked white woman. My first thought was who cares I have seen more offensive things on cartoons, I mean come on. So the time went by and I never had the desire to watch this movie, at first. Eventually my brother brought this by and said he had been wanting to see it forever, not because of the stuff sounding the film but because he is in love with Christina Ricci [love her as well]. I agreed and said if she was in it then it probably would be good, plus I liked the writer/director's last film before this one, and of course Sam Jackson. So I gave in and sat down to watch the movie and while I never felt offended ever threw out this I was surprised because I had no idea Justin Timberlake was in this.

Rae [Ricci] is a disturbed girl who seems to not be able to overcome a past traumatic event involving sexual abuse and rape. In fact it is so bad that when she goes into her attacks she resorts to the only thing she learned as a little girl, sex with men. So after her man leaves for the military named Ronnie [Timberlake] she immediately goes into these attacks caused by his absence. She goes on to have sex with any and every man that she can when that feeling hits. That all starts to change one night after she is beaten and left for dead by Ronnie's brother later to be found on the road by Lazarus [Jackson].

Lazarus has some problems of his own seeing that his wife has left him for his brother and his blues career is long gone. He is having enough trouble with out Rae when he stumbles upon her, he takes her in and starts to care for her. While in his care she comes in and out of conciseness every time in the middle of one of her episodes. Each time she throws are self at him and continues to do so when she comes out of it, I guess to thank him. It is at this point he sees what is going on and decides to cure her of her sickness, hence the now famous her tied up with a chain scenes. The movie plays out in what really was not all that controversial and actually kinda makes sense in a weird way. Ronnie is coming home and he has problems himself as we learn and Lazarus has a few friends that become involved.

After watching this movie I did not see what the big deal was and can only believe it is because of the way the film was marketed. If the roles were reversed and an old white man had a young sex craved black woman tied up I still don't see any problem as long as the story was the same, but I am sure that would have been just as controversial. I think writer/director Craig Brewer did a good job with this film and took a whole different way than what I was lead to believe this film was. The film was actually a good piece of entertainment which is what films are all about, mostly. The film did have problems like most but over all I enjoyed it, a cool film about very different people helping each other find themselves. Also the shots in this film are excellent with the opening credits as a great example as is the blues music choosen for this, great stuff.

As for performances Samuel L. Jackson as always was good and played the ex blues singer Lazarus well, he seems real dark at times but over the course of his time spent with Rae he becomes who he once was. Christina Ricci just may be the MVP of this production with a wonderfully sick performance. Sick as in the characters problems not a twisted horror movie kinda way, and she even gets topless and has some sex scenes. She goes from a sex crazed victim [love the scene with her mother] to a young woman learning how to deal with her problems. Still I was very surprised at the time I saw this with the performance of singer/actor Justin Timberlake. I have seen him in other things since [each time he has been great] but this was really the first time I can remember seeing him in a role like this. Timberlake impressed me with his performance here and the way he played the character when he returned home only to learn of his wife's affairs is great, turns out he has anxiety problems so he is messed up to. The last scene with Ricci and Timberlake is probably my favorite and he really shines in that scene. John Cothran as well is excellent in this as the preacher friend of Lazarus, Michael Raymond-James is great in this as well.

This is not the best movie ever and some may say it is not the best follow up to his Academy award winning "Hustle & Flow" but I liked it. Sure this film could have used some work but I think most fault lies within the studios marketing of the film. Even the people involved with this film Ricci in particular did not like how it was marketed. If handled correctly and shown for what kind of film it truly is the film would have probably faired better. But hey who am I to say that, I am just a guy behind a keyboard, what do I know?


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December 04, 2010
I agree. I liked it, but thought it was badly marketed. It looked like one of those tawdry exploitation flix from the 70s if you took the poster at face value. Woop is probably right about the chains having some symbolism--but that sure ain't the way they're being portrayed in the promotional material! I saw this a long time ago after seeing it reviewed on  Ebert and whoever at the movies.
February 19, 2011
Yeah the marketing killed it for most
March 08, 2011
That's the reason I watch review shows--so the marketing won't fake me out. And yet they still manage to fake me out sometimes.
November 29, 2010
I haven't seen this yet and I've been meaning, too, but your review makes me want to grab this now. Thanks for sharing, Alex!
February 19, 2011
It is an interesting flick
November 29, 2010
I enjoyed this movie myself, though I admit that the story wasn't the best ever. I thought the chaining represented the values of self-control--I liked it, but didn't love it. Nice work, man!
February 19, 2011
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Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake, S. Epatha Merkerson
Directed by Craig Brewer
Writer: Craig Brewer
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Release Date: March 2, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 1hr 56min
Studio: Paramount Classics, New Deal Productions
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