The Safety of Objects


A wonderful ensemble piece, The Safety Of Objects makes up for lack of depth by providing a multiplicity of stories.

The Safety of ObjectsThis film had me at about the 6 minute mark, where we are presented with a montage introducing the many characters as they go about their thing. This was such an impressive sequence that I have since watched just those few minutes three more times. As an aspiring filmmaker, this sequence was incredible, and instantly had me hooked. The editing, both aural and visual, was brilliant, and I straight away wanted to know all about these people.

The rest of the film was decent, also. 😉

In some senses this is about tragedies of epic proportions, somehow made appealing. If you stop and think about the predicaments faced by these people, you’d realise that they’re incredibly screwed up, but there is a general feeling of ‘midday movie’ that stops anything from getting too serious.

There’s a great bunch of actors here. Glenn Close looks happy that she’s not chasing spotty dogs, and Timothy Oliphaunt gets to play a character I’ve never seen him attempt. Joshua Jackson doesn’t really do much (but then again neither does his character).

This is a fairly pedestrian script turned into a fantastic film. The acting, direction and editing make The Safety Of Objects an extraordinary filmmaking achievement.

Rating: 3 stars
Review by Stuart Wilson, 11th February 2005
Hoopla Factor: 3.5 stars

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