19 October 2001 | nlappos
Awake? No, go back to sleep PLEASE
Now there's some kind of unwritten taboo law that we all 'feel' when watching TV films. We know they're generically cheaper, cheesier versions of their Hollywood cousins. But when TV films like "Awake to Murder" has such predictability it goes beyond pure punishment, and becomes difficult to even watch. The movie is has so many directorial, editing, lighting and even synchronizing flaws alone that I won't bother to comment on the story line much. I mean - what was the wardrobe department thinking when they take Michael Gross (Tori's dad) and have him sporting an Armani suit one night (with black turtleneck, leather shoes, et al), then pose him a rainbow colored white and striped shirt and bowtie while he reads poetry to his comatized daughter? The embarrassment alone of him being there dressed like that is enough. Doth he have no shame? With practical spotlight spill lighting and absolute sub-zero camera movement or creativity, the film leaves the viewer feeling like a corpse. It simply has no pulse. The title seems an almost in-joke prompt *not* to watch the movie - so I guess that leaves the selected audience Tori Spelling fans only.. Every else isn't off limits, they just won't care, trust me. For TV this is below average and derivative tripe. Until next time... Off the rock, on the ball and very user-friendly..