Review of: Thrill
reviewed by Jackson Pillock on 05/24/2007
The plot revolves around a series of thrill-seeking competitive games for a hundred-million pound prize.
Though the concept is a new one on me, I had serious problems with this script. I should say at the outset that I'm not a fan of action films.
It’s difficult to work out what the story value is. It’s not survival, since the characters willingly place themselves into all sorts of extremely risky situations. It’s not the money, since the money is thrown about like confetti throughout. So, as the title suggests, it’s about the ‘thrill.’ Eventually, some stakes are established when one of the competitors kidnaps the protagonist’s girlfriend. However, since the outcome is absolutely predictable, no tension is achieved. It all seemed pointless to me.
There were no real character arcs, to speak of. Greg survives death in the first few pages. He comes out the other side essentially the same. Cassie is the archetypical ‘good girlfriend.’ The only other female character is a man in all but name. Sheer tokenism making her female, I felt. The rest are characterised by what they wear, drive, or at most country of origin.
The dialogue is basically testosterone charged banter, or testosterone charged urgent cries. Almost all the lines are all on the nose, with no real subtext to speak of, though the Australian character sounded reasonably convincing.
All the action scenes, though they included inventive twists, were ultimately boring for me, since they achieved no dramatic effect. Greg wants thrills and he gets them. I think that’s the heart of the problem here. For all the spectacle and competition, there’s no real conflict at all. Greg gets what he wants on nearly every page.
I was further put off by the constant barrage of designer brands and expensive cars. The pricey things are more original and more lovingly described than the characters, which tends to underline the shallowness of the theme.
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