The other night I was bored. Haha, man that happens to me a lot doesnt it? Anyway, I was flipping channels and landed on Stigmata. Joy! I like this movie, its one of those movies that isnt super fabulous (like Johnny Mnemonic and Surviving the Game), but I enjoy watching it anyway. You should know by now Im weird like that.
23-year-old (omg, shes only a year older than I am??) Frankie Page (Patricia Arquette) is busy with her own life; hanging out with friends, going out for drinks, working in a little sorta-punkish beauty salon, and in general, being 23 in the world. Her mother, however, sends her a small package from South America, including some things like a rosary that Frankie thinks, Um, so why did she send me this weird stuff?
In the same area of South America, a man named Andrew Kiernan (Gabriel Byrne), a strange amalgam of priest and scientist, is busy investigating a statue of the Virgin Mary which happens to be crying tears of blood. Its Andrews job to find a logical explanation.
Eventually he is sent to Philadelphia to find Frankie, who has been reported by another priest. For what? For freaking out on a subway and being whipped on the back by an unseen force, thats what. But that wasnt the first of Frankies problems she already has holes through her wrists. But why Frankie? Only deeply, deeply religious people are said to receive the stigmata so what does it have to do with Frankie? As things progress, Andrew is drawn further into something he never thought possible and something that could get him killed.
Good, but I think it could have been way better.
I enjoyed the characters of Frankie and Andrew and the interesting relationship they shared. A bit of sexual tension there hmm and actually I dont blame her for being interested for some reason I thought Byrne was pretty hot in this movie (yeah, I dont know =P). I also really liked the way colors were done in this movie sometimes dull, sometimes vivid, sometimes both in the same scene. The same goes for sounds, such as dripping water, the flapping of dove wings, etc. I'm a big fan of the background music too and have been mulling over whether or not to get the soundtrack (because sometimes what you hear into the movie isn't always on the soundtrack...). A lot of little elements I enjoyed.
The idea I felt was a good one. The plot had promise. I dont mind a bit of religious conspiracy, mostly because it happens here in real life (molestation *coughcough*). Ok, sorry, but its true. Anyway, I dont put my faith in the church. This movie, though Im not wholly with it, does present a quote that I absolutely fell in love with that represents my beliefs. But I wont get into all that. Still, even with these good possibilities, I felt the movie was trying to do something it shouldnt have.
This is not the Exorcist, ok? Frankies problems were made to seem super-creepy when in fact they didnt need to be. Yes, getting stigmata in this manner is pretty whoa-scary, but it seemed as though the movie aimed for OMG!-scary, which was just not necessary. It kind of takes away from the idea behind it.
I enjoy it. Still, when rating this movie as a whole, I cannot ignore the big picture, such as what the movie might have wanted to say and how they went about doing it. It just wasnt strong enough. Something like Conan the Barbarian is different. Entertainment value all the way. Here, there were more things that could have been worked on, and some plot holes that needed filling. But hey, it may still make you think
Though, haha, it is kind of ironic that Gabriel Byrne acted as Satan in End of Days
The Kingdom of God is inside you, and all around you, not in mansions of wood and stone. Split a piece of wood and I am there; lift a stone and you will find me.
Like the music? Give the soundtrack a try.
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