As is true of many selections, I had no idea what to expect from this movie except that while standing in front of the red box machine, I checked out its rating on Rotten Tomatoes and when it checked out at over 70%, I gave it a go. Rave reviews of Rachel Weisz’s performance were about the only thing clouding my mind as I pressed play.
The movie begins in Eastern Europe, then to Nebraska, then back to Eastern Europe when Kathryn (Weisz) gets a job for a peacekeeping contractor for the UN. Kathryn’s life is confused and cluttered at best, so when a transfer to be nearer to her children doesn’t go through for her cop job, she decides to take a mysterious job that pays 100k a year in Bosnia. Through her “call to duty” she discovers a prostitution/human trafficking scandal within the private corporation Democra, and strives to bring the men associated with it to justice.
The film has many women’s rights undertones and the obvious topics of human rights/imperialism sort of weasel their way in as well.
BROAD vs. NICHE- though this movie is marketed as a suspenseful thriller, it’s a bit more of an expose, highlighting writer/directer Larysa Kondracki’s purpose as more informational/educational than some kind of art film or something.
WATCHABILITY- There are only a few slow spots, and they’re really not noticeable. Overall, there’s almost too much happening in Kathy’s life to really digest one thing before the next event happens onscreen.
STATUS REPORT- I enjoyed this movie late-night with an old friend. We paused it halfway through to make cider. Watch this with someone you aren’t worried about impressing and have watched movies with before. Don’t be afraid to ask each other questions and turn the subtitles on so you catch some of the accents.
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I recently got Hulu+ because I’m married now and apparently that’s what you do when you get married. I also started watching Battlestar Galactica and… for some reason, “Last Man Standing” with Tim Allen which I have settled into as my new favorite generic mindless comedy. If you have Hulu+ you can catch it there. Otherwise, ABC.GO.COM has a handful of episodes and if you hate your days, you can go kill some time… probably like an hour and a half.
For those who care, there has been one podcast episode, get excited shout and jump for joy. I will be featuring more episodes soon. The co-host has since relocated so we’re working out the kinks on some fancy skype mics and also some hosting issues now that I see the file size of an hour long episode.
I may give the site an upgrade sometime over the summer if anyone’s interested. Also… different posting style annnnd something ! oh ! I’ll do like a television recap soon cause I’ve been watching a bunch of garbage. We can do a week of TELEVISION!!!! For those who care.
I just reviewed this movie… but I was super apathetic about it. I had cleared some cache in the process and got logged out and the whole thing just crashed on me… All that to say. I enjoyed this film. It was decent. Watch “Waiting for Superman” instead.
Glad to be back… apparently technology has baffled me in my absence.
I have a feeling it’s films like these that put me on such a hiatus in the first place. I have a feeling that Hollywood has a flawed system for letting movie pitches get through. In this case, a salesman finds a new birth from a handful of punk rock kids at a party… It sounds interesting. It’s a guaranteed transformation story… plus punk rock. Except the music was anything but. And the story left everything to be desired.
"My Name is Jerry" is my first angry review, because for the most part, I like to admire the craft and encourage where I can. However, there are quite frankly too many bad movies being made left and right. I don’t mind if you try something interesting and miss the mark, but this salesman gone punk indy film felt like it was written by a salesman with money who thought he had gone punk and perhaps was trying to express himself through film… and should have just bought a car like everyone else.
BROAD VS. NICHE - It was just kind of crap. I watched the entire thing cause I’m a nice guy. This movie wasn’t really for anybody. Maybe if you’re post 40 and you think you’re cool… strike that. If you’re post 40 and you “know” you’re cool. This is for you. Anyone cool past 40 would think this film was crap.
WATCHABILITY - I personally would recommend that you find a blog and read it or watch funny videos on youtube before making this a serious consideration. You just missed the mark movie maker. This wasn’t a good one. And your lead sounds an awful lot like Jeff Winger from community (Joel McHale)
WHEN TO WATCH - If you’ve watched The Room 80 times and this is your only other film on a desert island, then I would consider it.