WASTED ON THE YOUNG

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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.

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