Mark Romanek (Director)
Robin Williams (Sy Parrish)
Connie Nielsen (Nina Yorkin)
Michael Vartan (Will Yorkin)
Dylan Smith (Jakob Yorkin)
Erin Daniels (Maya Burson)
Gary Cole (Bill Owens)
Eriq LaSalle (James Van Der Zee)
the official One Hour Photo website
My trips to the Big Apple are usually very entertaining and very
successful, but my most recent trip may have been the most
fruitful of them all, an exquisite tour of some of those famous
New York haunts, and a trip to the local cinema to see a film I
have heard incredible things about, this film, of course, being
"One Hour Photo".
have been following this film for quite some time, from
pre-production, through completion, into the Sundance Film
Festival, and all the way up to not more than six hours ago when
I finally got the chance to view the film. I don't know if
I had ever been this excited about watching a movie--if I have,
it has been a long while. So, with my Twizzlers and Mello
Yello in hand, I leaned back into my plush theatre seat and
awaited one hell of a fantastic movie watching experience.
Was I disappointed? Hell no.
Wow. "One Hour Photo" is the story of Sy
Parrish, a local photo clerk who develops an unhealthy obsession
with a local family, the Yorkins, who have been using his
lab to develop their pictures for years. Sy had silently
watched as their family has grown and his obsession reaches new
levels of creepiness when he discovers everything isn't so
perfect in the Yorkin household. Sy begins to try and
manipulate the lives of the Yorkin's and becomes extremely
disturbed when his plans do not work as he had anticipated,
leading to one of the most fulfilling and haunting endings of
any film I have seen this year, even surpassing "Signs"
in the incredible ending department.
Robin Williams is flawless and magnetic as Sy Parrish, a truly
pitiful character who maintains this lovable, yet pure evil
appearance throughout the film. Williams has the uncanny
ability to play characters like a cross-dressing nanny and a
bumbling doctor, but can then settle down into a sinister role
as he does in this film, and as he did in "Insomnia".
If Williams is not recognized by the Academy for his outstanding
achievement in this film, it will be one of the greatest
travesties in the history of the Oscars--almost as horrible as
Bill Murray being snubbed for "Rushmore"
or Debbie Reynolds being snubbed for "Mother".
Connie Nielsen and Michael Vartan are also exceptional in their
roles, as the normal suburbian family who find themselves
trapped in Sy's nightmare world of order and familiarity.
It was also nice to see Gary Cole and Eriq LaSalle pop up in
Director Mark Romanek, best know as a music video director of
such bands as R.E.M. and Nine Inch Nails, is an incredible
talent behind the camera and really pulls a tour de force with
this picture. His vision of the retail store in which Sy
works paralleled Williams' character perfectly and gave it's own
creepy and sinister vibe to the audience.
watched this film in a theatre than was rather large, and I had
to fight for a seat. I kid you not when I say that every
single seat in the theatre was filled, though I do believe that
was some sort of fire code violation. Upon exiting the
theatre, I was sure to notice the expressions of some of the
other people who had watched the film and I do not recall seeing
one solitary frown. I truly believe everyone in the
theatre enjoyed "One Hour Photo". My sincere
hope is that this film will receive a wide release very soon, so
that others can view this masterpiece for themselves. Did
I like this movie better than "Signs"?
Not quite, but I can guarantee it will make my end of the year
lists. "One Hour Photo" is one kick-ass picture.
Ray ( 4 out of 4 pops )
about this film with other Popkorn Junkies
Matt ( 4 out of 4
I'm so glad
this movie is receiving a wide release. When I found out the movie
was playing at my local cinema, I literally jumped at the chance to see
it. Well, all the hype was true, this is a truly magnificent
motion picture! It's one of the best films I've seen this year, or
any year! Robin Williams' performance is absolutely incredible,
even topping his great performances in "Good Will Hunting,"
"Dead Poet's Society" and this year's "Insomnia".
There's a couple of performances this year that deserve an Oscar nod,
but I made my final decision: Robin Williams must take home the
Oscar statuette! I've never seen a character so likable, yet so
creepy, and Robin pulls it off perfectly. Naturally, you're
creeped out by Sy and his obsession with this family, but you also feel
sorry for him. He lives alone, has no friends, no wife and this is
why he fantasizes about being in this seemingly perfect family.
Behind that constant grin is a lot of pain and yearning. There's
no predictable Hollywood contrivances that you would expect in a film
like this. There wasn't a single moment where I thought to myself,
"There's no way that could've happened." The story moves
at a deliberate pace (which some audiences--like the crowd who cheered
find boring), but that's because the film is mainly driven by its
characters and the writer-director doesn't force them into contrived,
oddball situations to manipulate the audience. The film has no
(physical) violence, yet it's one of the most terrifying films I've ever
seen. Did you hear that, Hollywood? You don't need blood and
guts to create suspense. Everything from the creepy score to the
wonderful cinematography to the beautiful lighting is absolutely
brilliant. This is the kind of movie that should be shown in film
school classes. It was made on a low budget, but it doesn't show
one bit. "One Hour Photo" is intriguing, terrifying,
beautifully acted, beautifully made and it's a MUST-SEE!!