December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

May 19, 2011

Peacock (2010)

When it's over, Irish actor, Cillian Murphy blew me away in his portrayal of John/Emma Skillpa, a character suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (aka: Multiple Personality Disorder).  John and Emma live a simple and private life in rural Nebraska, until one day a train derails into their backyard creating much unwanted publicity and attention.  This sudden change in the Skillpa household unleashes an inner battle between the two personalities each fighting to gain control of the other to haunting circumstances.  Peacock was dark, eerie, disturbing, and very believable due mostly in part to Murphy's brilliant performance.  The script was smart and although I am usually turned off by stories that are left "hanging," I thought the peculiar ending for this story was an appropriate fit for the characters and left quite open a lot of questions that would certainly cultivate a mind-probing discussion.  Rounding out the cast are Ellen Page, Susan Sarandon, Josh Lucas, Keith Carradine, and Bill Pullman.

My rating: 4 out of 5

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