More in-depth film festival coverage than any other website!
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Advertisement

Overall Rating
3.46

Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look: 46.15%
Average53.85%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 0%

2 reviews, 1 rating


Latest Reviews

Wonder Wheel by Peter Sobczynski

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Rob Gonsalves

Swindlers, The by Jay Seaver

Oro (Gold) by Jay Seaver

Disaster Artist, The by Peter Sobczynski

Explosion by Jay Seaver

Lucky (2017) by Rob Gonsalves

Breadwinner, The by Jay Seaver

Endless, The by Jay Seaver

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets by Rob Gonsalves

subscribe to this feed


Free Radicals (2004)
[AllPosters.com] Buy posters from this movie
by Greg Muskewitz

"Strung along."
4 stars

Continuing the trend of loosely associated characters — perhaps for a greater purpose — is Austrian writer/director Barbara Albert, who examines the effects of the chaos theory.

Through a truckload of characters, as one of them points out, “Even in chaos are structure and pattern”; a young woman miraculously survives a plane crash (a truly gripping scene) only to die in a head-on car collision six years later. (The teenage driver of the car, who barely sustains any injury, is the younger son in a family whose first son was abducted at a young age.) And thus the cycle has begun, an offset registers a linking of chain reactions to the woman’s family members and extensions of people in their lives. The socially maladroit brother is attracted to a young black woman, survivor of the plane crash as well, whose (adoptive?) mother sings in a choir and secretly crushes after a deputy who moonlights with them; there’s the deranged sister (she cleanses herself after sex with milk) who’s sleeping with an amputee (one of two such characters in the film), while his misfit granddaughter goes to school with the kids involved in the head-on collision; the woman’s husband, who has an on-again/off-again affair with her best friend, and his daughter, who is inexplicably always being tested in the hospital. Albert is generous and patient with her characters, maybe too much so, but credit is given to her persistence in sticking with it to avoid merely illustrating the superficial reactions. She distinguishes the chaotic nature without being overly busy, though there is at all times something going on with someone that in some way affects another. Albert is curious for her heavy use of music and its influences (from “House of the Rising Sun” and other Sixties classics, to techno music), but that, too, is a cycle of connection for the film’s inhabitants. Free Radicals is still a flawed film, which has particular threads not as thoroughly connected or interesting as the next, and an anticlimactic close that, while it perpetuates the endless, infinity of chaos, there’s a certain incompleteness to it, a meaningfulness lacking. The cast is a solid ensemble, and Albert’s command of the image (well-shot by Martin Gschlacht) is always thoughtful, but the whole thing can be seen as seemingly tedious without an intrinsic interest in the trail of chaos. For my own intrinsic interests, it stays absorbing until the very end, flaws and all, but that’s just me. With Kathrin Resetarits, Ursula Strauss, Rupert Lehofer, Belinda Akwa-Asare, Georg Friedrich, Marion Mitterhammer, Desirée Durada, Deborah Ten Brink, Dominik Harter, and Martin Brambach.

[Worth-seeing.]

link directly to this review at http://www.efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=8220&reviewer=172
originally posted: 02/05/04 08:39:28
[printer] printer-friendly format  
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 SXSW Film Festival. For more in the 2004 South By Southwest Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 Palm Springs Film Festival. For more in the 2004 Palm Springs Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Vancouver Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Vancouver Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 Philadelphia Film Festival. For more in the 2004 Philadelphia Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 Sydney Film Festival. For more in the 2004 Sydney Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival. For more in the 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 Brisbane Film Festival. For more in the 2004 Brisbane Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 Starz Denver Film Festival. For more in the 2004 Starz Denver Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

3/19/04 Tim Nicolls Acting and some scenes well done; sympathetic characters; but pretentiously plotless. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
Note: Duplicate, 'planted,' or other obviously improper comments
will be deleted at our discretion. So don't bother posting 'em. Thanks!
Your Name:
Your Comments:
Your Location: (state/province/country)
Your Rating:


Discuss this movie in our forum

USA
  23-Jul-2004 (NR)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  N/A




Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
eFilmCritic.com: Australia's Largest Movie Review Database.
Privacy Policy | HBS Inc. | |   

All data and site design copyright 1997-2017, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast