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Elephant: A Film By Gus Van Sant (2003)

Drama and Television movie directed by Gus Van Sant

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It could have been good

  • Jan 18, 2006
I understand that people want to be unique and make films that are different from others but elephant is just in another league and takes reality to another level. For one thing yes filming children walk around in a school all day and showing how some get picked on and some are popular and est. is very realistic but the reason films aren't made exactly like real life is because it's very boring that way. When I watch a movie I really don't feel the need to see some guy walk in a circle for 15 minutes, maybe he did that in real life but who wants to see him do that. The movie needed to show the kids emotions develop over some time because if you don't exactly know what the movie is about then your watching it and wondering why two kids kill off most of a school just because for one day people were throwing wet paper wads at them.

Elephant is very slow and boring and if you don't agree with what I'm saying then show it to a class of high school student's and count how many of them have actually paid attention or are awake at the end of the movie, I can guarantee your only going to be counting for about 2 seconds. The teacher will learn the lesson but the student's won't even know what movie was playing. I have also seen a lot of reviewers get negative votes on this film and I don't know if it's because people love this director or they saw the film and got something from it that reviewers didn't. I'm 17 and I have gone through today's high school system so I know that this movie was done lazy and sloppy, It doesn't explain anything. It's different if it was said that these two kids were just craving blood and did what they did but from the little bit that was shown you come to say I think those kids got picked on so that's why they're doing this. This is not a documentary on a true story it is a movie and a half done movie. If people say they got nothing from it as in no feelings, no morals, and no sympathy for anything that happened so what the heck was the movie for.

If kids my age had to do a research paper on these acts how would we be able to write wht their motives were, or what life was like at home for these kids to be so unhappy and crazy to do what they did. Bottom line is you don't exactly know why these two shot the entire school up they seemed happy but they did this and really the kids they killed seemed like the ones with the true problems, one child with a drunk for a father but all he did was show up late to school not kill the school. This movie is half done and why some people have a gigantic attachment to it is beyond me but maybe the ones voting should speak up and explain to me a high school student why this is such a realistic film.

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review by . January 09, 2005
What a marvellous movie. It lets you yourself decide if and how you want to judge others. Because you probably read a review in the press you know what's going to happen in the end. But that's not what this is all about. The film shows us very tenderly what the newsmedia and the press so rarely care about. The ones involved. The everyday lives of all those that got hurt and those that got away. Just like that. Without the sensation. And, as I said before, without the slightest hint of judgement. …
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Elephant, the elegant and unsettling movie from Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho,Good Will Hunting), depicts students at a high school before and during a harrowing, Columbine-style shooting. The movie follows one young boy who takes over the wheel from his drunken dad while returning from lunch, then loops back in time and follows another student who crosses paths with the first, then loops back and follows another--all captured in long, unedited tracking shots that are serene and unhurried, even when two boys in camouflage gear, carrying heavy bags, arrive at the school and begin shooting.Elephantdoesn't attempt to explain their behavior; it simply places the audience back in the brief yet interminable window of adolescence, when life is trivial and painfully important at the same time. Your reaction toElephantwill depend as much on your life experiences as anything in the movie itself.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Gus Van Sant
Genre: Television, Drama
Screen Writer: Gus Van Sant
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
Runtime: 81 minutes
Studio: Hbo Home Video
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