WASTED ON THE YOUNG
DISC D: Ben C. Lucas w/ Oliver Ackland, Adelaide Clemens. Australia. 97 min. Sep 10, 7 pm Varsity 8; Sep 11, 9 am Varsity 8; Sep 18, 9 pm Scotiabank 2 Rating: NNNNN Here’s an example of a movie that shows tons of technical skill and absolutely no soul, in a story that should have lots of it.
Rich guy Zack (Alex Russell) is the big cahuna at his private school, and he runs it with an iron fist. When the girl he likes rejects him for his computer geek stepbrother (Ackland), he takes his revenge at one of the epic drug-fuelled parties he throws at his parents’ mansion.
With adults totally absent and technology ever-present, this could have been a smart statement on corrupt kids. But since we know nothing of the characters’ backstories, and all the students are stupidly passive, it winds up being just a beautiful piece of reactionary nihilism.