16 March 2009

Safe (1995)

Safe is such a scary movie. I liked the insidious hum of the 20th century in the background of every setting, and the slow unraveling of her well-being was pretty chilling. The final segment didn't work as well for me than the rest of it, though, and I'm not sure why. I guess it was effective in a different way, as it was the part where the film sort of...expanded. The change in setting was pretty powerful...the first parts of the film were filled with tiny claustrophobic places in the city and her home, and then the end of the film brings her to this wide open desert but she ends up this tiny safe house anyway where obviously nothing will be solved. She keeps saying she's getting better and things will get better as the exact opposite is happening.

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