Desperation Rising (1989)

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21 May 2006 | nedmoff-1
| I will not waste our time with a summary; your average two year old is familiar with the themes and plot of Desperation Rising
Some say Jason Holt reaches his zenith in Angel of Passion; others say Death Dancers is his magnum opus. Although these are his better known films (and they are essential viewing for any aspiring film buff) they are not his best. "Desperation Rising" is superior to "Death Dancers" in its muted tones and subtle shades of desperation, and "Desperation Rising" rises above even "Angel of Passion" in its relentless exploration of timeless themes. It is a triumph of the human spirit! Stunning! Nick Cassavetes gives a tour-de-force performance as a man who is angry on a construction site.

Special effects play no insignificant role in "Desperation Rising." Restraint is key in the film. The restraint of passion, erotica, eros, action, and even the special effects weave together throughout the entire film to create a terse blend of flaming emotions. Through this restraint Holt achieves a remarkable synthesis that can rival only the greatest of auteurs.

It is a white-knuckle-thrill-ride that will keep you guessing on the edge of your seat until the very end, in which the film has unfortunately been forced to cease through virtue of it's own ending. Finally, a movie that lets the actors speak for themselves. A must see!

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