Saturday, September 24, 2011

9-24-11: Oregon or bust.

THE OREGONIAN (2011) **** D: Calvin Lee Reeder.  Lindsay Pulsipher, Robert Longstreet, Roger M. Mayer.

After a car accident, a bruised and bloodied woman sets out on the open road to find help.   In the process she finds herself on a dark, surreal, nightmarish journey into the unknown.

This psychological mystery can easily be viewed as a disjointed mess.  However, despite its disjointedness there is a cohesive narrative there that as new pieces of the puzzle are revealed you begin to see the bigger picture...or at least what you think may be the bigger picture.   In the end, you are not given the answers and there is no wrong answer as to what you think it all means.   What you think may be metaphorical is just plain bizarre and what you think is plain bizarre is actually metaphorical but only the viewer can determine what is or isn't.

This is by no means a film for mainstream audiences  This may even try the patience of the most discerning viewer.   What cannot be denied is that like Malick's "The Tree of Life" or Refn's "Drive" after it's over you will find yourself debating just what it is you just watched.


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