What begins as a lonely, unwell girl getting her deserved comeuppance, turns into a borderline ridiculous revenge plot.
|Written By||Assaf Bernstein|
|Good If You Like||Revenge Movies
Girls Behaving Badly
|Maria/ Airam||India Eisley|
|Mark||John C. MacDonald|
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Summary (Ending on 2nd Page)
18-year-old Maria isn’t doing too good. While not anorexic, she has been dropping weight year after year and doesn’t sleep well. Part of it deals with a very critical father, Dan, who is a plastic surgeon, but also her life outside the home as well. Her friend Lily is inconsistent, even threatened by her at times, and a boy named Mark bullies her openly.
This leaves her often alone but, luckily, there is Airam. Someone who appears in Maria’s reflection and promises her freedom from her pain. However, what at first may seem like freedom is actually a trap of sorts.
Airam’s Takeover, At First
I cannot say in enough words how satisfying it was for Airam to, on Maria’s behalf, get revenge on Lily and Mark. Despite what happens when she does, you will be on her side and will find yourself yelling, “THAT’S WHAT YOU GET!” For while Lily’s crime was being passive aggressive, and Mark a bully of sorts, if you dealt with either, you almost feel like you get to live vicariously. Especially since, with watching Maria go through hell, you just want to see her no longer play the victim but be the victor. Particularly since Maria doesn’t present a single example of why someone would treat her so cruel. The worse thing she does that can affect other people is smoke in public places.
It’s Like Amy Was Just Forgotten About
For reasons explained towards the end, there is a lot of focus between Eisley’s characters and Dan. He is the dad who has hurt her deeply and seemingly isn’t all that remorseful about it. However, when it comes to Amy, while she helps us understand Airam’s rage, as an individual, she doesn’t provide much. Even as Airam tries to wake her up from her stupor. If anything, it seems that clips her at the knees and makes it so all she can give is an explanation for why things end the way they do in the film.
On The Fence
When Airam Began To Take Things Too Far
Naturally, when one character is being violent towards another, there is a line before you are unable to justify it. What happens to Mark, justifiable. Lily? Well, that was an accident. However, when it comes to other characters, you begin to question why things went that far and now that Maria got her comeuppance, will she have to pay for this cathartic release she was given? Of which the answer is… well, a major spoiler so it is on page 2.
Was The Nudity Towards The End Necessary?
While nudity can be artistic, maybe even accentuate a point, it can also be just for the sake of tantalization. Take Eisley going fully nude, pubic hair and all. I get what was trying to be said, about Dan finding her beautiful, despite what he has said and done in the past. However, was there a need to take it that far?
For while, surely, Eisley agreed to it and I assume they only had the necessary people needed to film the scene, her being completely naked doesn’t make the scene have more oomph. If anything, it just seems like something to maybe cause a stir and become a big hit on celebrity porn websites. Perhaps with the hope some of those people, when done doing what they did, may actually take an interest in the project the video or still is from.
Overall: Mixed (Divisive) | Purchase Or Rent On (Amazon)
Look Away gives you very little reason to do so. However, it also reveals itself as the kind of film which eventually cares more about violence and sexual content than story. For while it hits all the points needed to understand Maria, Airam, and Maria’s family, after a while it stops digging into Maria and Airam’s trauma, in a meaningful way. Instead, it just focuses on quick resolutions in the form of violence.
Hence the mixed label. While very much a psychological thriller, it fails both terms as time goes on. It relieves itself from delving into Maria’s psyche, and eventually just focuses on her revenge. Then, in terms of the thriller element, there comes a point the thrill boils down to who will or won’t die and will Maria be one of them?