Movie #155 Assassination of a High School President
(2009, US, d. Brett Simon)
Though I found the movie to be quite humorous, a compliment to the film’s leading star Reece Thompson, Assassination doesn’t have the same intelligent vibe and complex traits possessed by its far superior counterpart Brick. This film attempts to be a modern day film noir, but what the filmmakers didn’t realize was that film noir is not something to be mimicked, but is something to be recreated, as Brick did. The filmmakers of the past didn’t find humor in noir but found a gritty attitude to express their new and disillusioned views on the world. Though I understand what the filmmakers were trying to do (create comedy) through this, the film rarely succeeded in making me laugh when it was trying to mock a genre it was not. The real humorous parts of the movie came from the characters that were introduced: the nervous yet talented newspaper writer (Thompson), the ex-Marine principal (Bruce Willis), the jock president, the drug-addicted student council, etc… The film didn’t receive too much commercial attention, though I think this was due to its failing production company – Yari Film Group, but I believe it would have done fairly well at the box office. This isn’t a film that will be remembered in time but by no means is a waste of one.