Make ‘em Wait

*the following story was inspired by Olivia Huening’s sentence on our Schoology discussion post for Miss Amedeo’s Creative Writing class. The story begins with said sentence.

Glass flew everywhere, cutting the skin of the passengers. It was like slow motion as their bodies were flown out the windshield. In my opinion, it wasn’t hard to see why the movie got an R-rating. Solely based on that scene. Don’t get me wrong, it was a phenomenal film, I just thought that it was going to be a little more heart, and a little less action.

The movie was called Passenger, and it was directed by Richard Linklater, who’s made amazing coming-of-age movies like Boyhood and Before Sunset, so I was expecting another sleeper hit from him. And I got one in this sleeper hit about a group of teenagers that we’re going to a state fair and, on the way there, got in a really bad car accident. The whole rest of the movie deals with how the groups relationship is changed. It was totally sappy, yet funny and creative at the same time. I wish that the car crash was made a little smaller, because I felt it was a little to intense.

You see, 90% of the movie was purely dialogue and drama; one of the teens has a heart attack, two get together, two break up, and theres a big, happy ending. Definitely a good date movie…if you minus the car crash.

Picture adding in a gruesome slaughter scene to The Wizard of Oz. It would feel a little out of place, right? Yeah, that’s how this felt. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as I have stated before but the accident scene was something out of a Tarantino flick (no repeat towards him, he’s an absolute legend).

Instead of what could have, no SHOULD have, been a 20 second scene, the accident was about 7 minutes. 7 minutes full of screaming, blood, bodies flailing, and glass flying. It was frightening to look at, but I’m sure that was the point. So kudos to Linklater and all the wonderful actors for making that scene what it was: impactful.

For me though, that scene was hard to look past. The sweet, relatable, eventful drama that followed was overshadowed by the dark cloud that was the accident scene. If that scene was different, Passenger would be a 4-star picture. But I have to settle for three because of how out-of-place it felt. And remember, these are all just my opinions.

If you enjoy Linklater, happy endings, relatable drama, and just intensity in films, this movie is definitely for you. I believe it’s going to be a huge hit at the Oscars, as a matter of fact. If scenes like the car accident make you uncomfortable, I wouldn’t suggest you don’t see the movie, just look away. Or, wait till this comes out on DVD and just fast forward through it! This picture is not one of those that you “need” to see on the big screen like Mad Max: Fury Road.

Thank you for tuning into another one of Riley’s Reviews. See you all next week! Take care of yourselves, and drive safe (unlike these kids in the movie did ;))

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