No animals were harmed during the making of "Spring Breakers." But plenty of impressionable young and older minds will assuredly experience feelings of disorientation watching writer-director
That's not meant negatively. Korine is a resolute sleaze monger, whose nightmarish daydreams include "Trash Humpers," along with the script of
It's about four teenage Southern college girls, three nasty, one nice. The nice one, a good Christian believer, is played by
Director Korine plays this entire lark right down the middle. It's the old story in Korine's script: The girls tell themselves they're acting as if they're in a movie, and like natural-born killers they're simply playing the roles of the hell-raisers on parade amid a
Those who write off Franco as a limited, one-note actor need to see "Spring Breakers." He's smooth, funny, sinister and alive every second in this strange riff on "Where the Boys Are." The film is worth seeing simply for the montage in which this self-made playa displays to his latest prey all the great stuff he owns, from nunchucks to pistols to cunning home furnishings.
As he has in past works, Korine pushes and pulls the episodes of his films this way and that, repeating incidents, foreshadowing others. The character Alien appears to have been weaned on a steady viewing diet of "Wild Things"; he lives his tricked-out life like a perverted
Korine has become a very interesting filmmaker with "Spring Breakers." He samples every sort of music-video trick and change-up, yet the referencing works. The Gomez character provides the necessary outsider's shock and awe; most everything else about Korine's inversion of an entire genre risks excess, and then a surfeit of excess, followed by an excessive surfeit of excess. It's a beach-party movie that morphs into a "Scarface" remake, this time without Pacino. And with an even less reliable moral compass.
<< RETURN TO MOVIE REVIEWS ...
"Spring Breakers" Movie Trailer
MPAA rating: R (for violence, language and sexual content).
Running time: 1:34.
Credits: Written and directed by
Recent Movie Reviews - Films in Theaters
- 'The Company You Keep'
- 'The Place Beyond the Pines'
- 'Evil Dead'
- 'Jurassic Park 3-D'
- 'The Host'
- 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation'
- 'Gimme the Loot'
- 'The Croods'
- 'Olympus Has Fallen'
- 'Spring Breakers'
- 'On the Road'
- 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'
- 'The Call'
- 'Beyond the Hills'
- 'Oz: The Great and Powerful'
- '21 and Over'
- 'Like Someone in Love'
- Argo Wins Top Oscar Prize
- Daniel Day-Lewis Wins 3rd Oscar for 'Lincoln'
- Oscars 2013: Stars Shine at 85th Academy Awards
- 2013 Oscars Winners List
- 'The Gatekeepers'
- 'Beautiful Creatures'
- 'A Good Day to Die Hard'
- 'Safe Haven'
- 'A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III'
- 'Side Effects'
- 'Identity Thief'
Copyright © 2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc.