Haute Tension (High Tension)
August 2nd 2011 01:51
Piranha (2010). The performances are very strong, especially Cecile De France who essentially commands the movie as she is in almost every scene. It’s curious to note that Luc Besson co-produced the movie, albeit uncredited. Besson had a child with Maïwenn in 1993 and may have based his Leon: The Professional character Mathilda on her as he first her when she was just twelve years old.
WARNING! SEMI-SPOILER ALERT!
According to Aja, the original screenplay only revealed the twist in the final five minutes, with a police officer showing the hospitalised Marie the surveillance video of the gas station attendant’s murder and asking if she wants to change her story. It was Luc Besson who convinced Aja and Levassuer to present the twist much earlier. I don’t think the twist works. I do like a good narrative twist, but this element of character delusion that has masked the entire narrative – of which Sucker Punch (2011) is not too dissimilar – feels like a cheeky cheat gag on behalf of the screenwriters. It confuses for the wrong reasons and instead brings up numerous other questions of logic. Marie’s delusion really doesn’t make any sense, but then I suppose you can argue a plea of insanity and so any kind of delusion is acceptable. Still, that’s tenuous and lazy.
NB: The movie’s title, High Tension, isn’t the most imaginative, however in the UK it was re-titled Switchblade Romance, which both slyly hints at the twist and confuses simultaneously.
Here’s the trailer:
High Tension DVD is courtesy of Accent Entertainment, many thanks!
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