Louder Than Bombs - 2 Stars
Confused, pointless and useless are just 3 of the words that describe this disastrous film.
On the eve of an exhibition honouring noted war photographer Isabelle Reed, whose career was cut short in the wake of her untimely death, a father and two sons grapple with her domestic and professional legacy.
The film had a lot of potential, it has a strong cast and an interesting premise - but it fell short, as soon as it began adding pointless characters and subplots. When making a drama like this its important to focus on the aspect of human nature that is most relevant - in this case, grief - however it started investigating relationships, cheating, jealousy etc and became very confused very quickly. In the end it simply accomplished nothing and the characters were all emotionally back at square 1.
That said visually it was very interesting, kudos to the cinematographer. The cast are all strong, but when given nothing to work with its difficult for them to shine. Jessie Eisenberg and Gabriel Byrne are clearly the standouts.
Overall it received a very lukewarm reception at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and its easy to see why. One you could easily miss.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas