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3.26

Awesome37.04%
Worth A Look: 7.41%
Average: 25.93%
Pretty Bad: 3.7%
Total Crap: 25.93%

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Sample People
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by Filmnet

"Almost as cool as it tries to be."
3 stars

Sample People, opens by introducing it's character's in a fast pace, flashy sequence of brief moments of their daily life and promises to be a cutting edge new Australian film. However, although visually Sample People remains a pleasure, the plot, story and lack of character development let it down. The story involves insights into the lives of 12 young urban Sydney residents over a 48-hour period in high Summer, whose lives connect and ricochet off each other as they seek some sort of escape.

Andy (Simon Lyndon) works for a baron of the underworld TT (David Field) whose money and girlfriend, Jess (Kylie Minouge), he plans to steal and head up north with to start life afresh.

Shy Len (Nathan Page) dreams of DJ Lush Puppy (Nathalie Roy) while he works in an inner city kebab store run by Indian Phil (Ghandi Macintyre).

DJ Lush Puppy plans a gig at the local night club run owned by TT to raise money for her struggling retro clothes store.

Sem (Joel Edgerton) is a musician who is concerned for his girlfriend, Cleo's (Paula Arundell) welfare and wants to get her out of town for a break as all she seems to care about are drugs and partying. Sem's cause isn't helped when the couple befriend John (Ben Mendelsohn) who supplies them with cocktails of drugs and seems determined to drag them down with him.

Joey (Justin Rosniak) and his friend Gus (Matthew Wilksinson) are TV affected homeboys who are so busy trying to emulate American culture that they have lost any identity of their own.

All the characters come together over a weekend and the course of the film which ends in a life and death climax.

The concept is promising and the actor's all talented. However somehow it all falls apart, perhaps attributable to the script and film's length which does not allow for any real character development. As a result the audience is not given a chance to relate well to any of the characters or become emotionally involved with them in any way and the final climatic scene is almost laughable because the audience feels no genuine attachment to the characters.

Magnolia, the latest film by Boogie Nights' director, Paul Thomas Anderson, follows a similar format by also telling the story of a group of different individuals who all somehow become connected at the end of the film. However because of its' 3 hour length, real character development is achieved. The insights offered into the characters' of Sample People are all too brief. They are just as the name says "samples" that are quickly forgotten whereas Magnolia's character's were strongly developed and remain in the memory long after the film ends.

Sample People is enjoyable to watch and one can quite easily sit through it, deriving visual pleasure from its' " ...comic book and hyper-real look..." that director, Clinton Smith, created through inspiration from manga and Kung Fu films. But for the comedy/drama it purports to be, it is neither particularly funny nor dramatic. The audience feels no real involvement in the story, more a detached apathy, similar to that which can be felt when watching a video clip.

Kylie, as Jess is beautiful but doesn't really do anything, we don't know what's going on in Jess' mind nor do we care. Ben Mendelsohn is a brilliant actor and does well in his role but he is let down by a flawed script and poor character development.

The effects, lighting and film clip juxtaposition of Sample People are very effective resulting in it being great visually however, intellectually Sample People is a very unstimulating film. (Virginia Murray--filmnet.org.au)

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User Comments

6/15/10 david great movie 5 stars
6/23/07 seano porno im obsessed with this movie it shits over human taffic n fuck u if u dont like it il take u 5 stars
12/12/05 raedeline aquino good 5 stars
1/16/05 Is this the... Worst Australian film ever made? (That David Caesar wasn't connected with?) 1 stars
6/11/04 Amelia Don't compare this to 'human traffic' or 'go', Sample People creates it's own style!! 5 stars
1/08/04 DJ Amateur in all departments. A waste of money and talent 1 stars
10/23/03 Matti Eriksson Tries So, so hard - misses completely! Still, it's got Kylie in it! 2 stars
12/23/02 Andrew Great - must see 5 stars
1/01/02 Kirri Liepins I thoroughly enjoyed Sample People and would recommend it to anyone! 5 stars
8/11/01 sweetchick Boring!! This show is BBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOORRRRRRIIIIIIINNNNNNGGGGGGGG 1 stars
6/18/01 Flipy Flip Flip Flip It Flipped a hell of a flipping 5 stars
3/30/01 dayvid c yes yes yes 5 stars
9/29/00 lauren good weird arse aussie movie! 5 stars
9/22/00 Brendan Winter high-gloss drug-fuelled manga-grunge accidental comedy. an outswinging bouncer. 3 stars
9/11/00 bob i like chocolate 1 stars
8/25/00 j.j peters a great aussie indie film - great aesthetics, cool performances 4 stars
8/17/00 neil bartlett great soundtrack, worst Oz film in years 1 stars
6/03/00 MR joel harwood HIP and FRESH 5 stars
5/15/00 Andre Lackmann This was utter rubbish. 1 stars
5/14/00 Meepos Dude, this was a shocker. 1 stars
5/12/00 dru summers Ben Mendelsohn was the highlight of this movie however Kylie Minogue should never act again 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  02-Jun-2000

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