I Blame Society (2020)

I Blame Society (2020) – Movie Review

8th May 2021 Written by Peter Walkden

Gillian (Gillian Wallace Horvat) is an upcoming filmmaker filled with creative ideas, but each exciting idea for a project ends with a roadblock and rejection from decision-makers. Gillian decides the days of sitting back and waiting for permission and approvals are over. She starts to investigate a new project which she will do all by herself, and feels like she is close to something big.

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When a pair of strangers tell Gillian that she could be a murderer (as a compliment), she decides to use this compliment as a concept for her new film. But rather than make a standard film, Gillian starts to test herself and her capabilities when it comes to planning the perfect murder combined with her skills and knowledge of filmmaking. The results equal one crazy and dangerous serial killer. Perhaps making a movie and murdering people have similar aspects? Either way, Gillian is about to go on a killing rampage, and her camera will capture it all.

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I Blame Society has been created in a style which at times feels like a fake documentary. There are many moments where Gillian is capturing footage with a GoPro camera strapped to the head or while using a camera with tripods. There are also moments where viewers feel like they are close to the gruesome killings or like a fly on the wall. The film has been done on a small budget as it revisits multiple locations and uses a small cast which was a nice touch.

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This film has also been directed by its lead actress Gillian Wallace Horvat.  I can’t deny that some ideas and elements feel somewhat different from anything I have seen in a film.  These elements will result in various reactions from the cinema audience. I am one of those who generally enjoyed certain aspects of this film, and other details did not work.

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The idea of someone being pushed to their limits is nothing new, but it held my attention in this film because it was about filmmaking and becoming the ultimate serial killer. We learn quite early that Gillian is well educated, extremely smart with filmmaking and fully understands how a perfect murder should be conducted. However, Gillian as a character is quite talkative and can sometimes rant for lengthy durations.  I found the lead character unlikeable for most of the film as her many rants are filled with harsh, offensive, and inappropriate comments, making me question how anyone can even be around her. Having an unlikeable lead made it hard for me to want to be invested in this character. Still, I am sure some people will find positive aspects such as comedy and the shocking tones the film provides. I will admit that I found the movie did pay off significantly by the third and final act.  But by the time the film became more of an enjoyable experience, it finished shortly after, which left me feeling like the movie was teasing me and not giving the complete experience or story.

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Overall, this is a film that will not be enjoyed by every movie lover.  Witnessing a filmmaker getting rejected and suddenly going on a murdering rampage has a level of creativity and freshness. Still, it also had a lead character who, for most of the film, is unlikeable. I enjoyed some moments of this film and other moments left me baffled as to what I was watching. I was thankful for the film’s ending, but sadly this felt like more of a tease than giving its viewers any actual conclusion and resolutions. I Blame Society is undoubtedly a combination of being quirky, wacky, bloody and random, so I promise you, it will have fans singing the film’s praise.  Sadly, it’s just not my kind of taste in film.

5.0/10

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

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Set in Canada, the film begins with a group of miners working underground.  An explosion occurs, trapping over twenty men underground. Without air supply, it's only a matter of time until the men run out of oxygen and die.  With the clock ticking, an...

Jungle Cruise (2021)

Dr Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) recovers an artifact that will lead her deep into the Amazon with hopes of finding an ancient tree rumoured to have the power to heal. The only catch is, to travel in the Amazon and possibly changed medicine forever, Dr Lily and her...

Nightmares (1980)

On February 23th, 1963, a tragic event occurred to a young girl and her mother.  On this day, young Cathy is sleeping in the backseat of a car while her mother is driving. Her mother is making out with a man in the front seat of the car.  Cathy wakes with...

Malcolm (1986)

Shy but talented mechanical mastermind Malcolm (Colin Friels) lives in Melbourne, Australia and works with trams (his favourite things to be around). But when Malcolm is fired for building his very own tram, he's not sure what he'll do next.  Jobless and with...

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One (2021)

Gotham City is filled with crime, chaos, and corruption, thanks to the powerful Falcone family. In the present day, many people live in fear as corruption gets even more potent and crime is rising on the city streets. Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) is working on ways to...

Django Shoots First (1966)

Django is a cowboy with a skilled hand and a gun. While Django is travelling, he bumps into a bounty killer who happens to be carrying his dead father. He successfully shoots and kills the bounty killer, leaving him questioning what to do next with his dead father....

Honey Boy (2019)

The film begins with the introduction of a 22-year-old male actor named Otis (Luke Hedges). Otis is working on various blockbuster films until he encounters several frustrations.  Some of these frustrations lead to him drinking heavily before being involved in a...

Songbird (2020)

The year is 2024, and the pandemic continues to cause havoc around the world. Now known as COVID23, the death toll has skyrocketed up to 8,400,010 in 2024 alone. This newest COVID strain causes more harm, and the virus can now attack brain tissue.  Life for many...

Paradise Cove (2021)

Knox (Todd Grinnell) is a contractor who gets the opportunity to take his wife Tracey (Mena Suvari) to Malibu. Sadly, Knox's mother recently passed away, and now he has desires to renovate his mum's beach house with hopes of selling it at a huge profit due to its...

Ravage (2019)

The film begins with a state detective visiting a bandage covered patient in a hospital.  So badly wounded, the bandages even cover her face. The patient begins to reveal how she got herself in such a condition, and we soon learn the woman's name is Harper...

Lowdown Dirty Criminals (2020)

Freddy (James Rolleston) and his best mate Marvin (Samuel Austin) are about to embark into a world of crime, chaos, and trouble. It all starts when Freddy loses his job as a pizza delivery driver.  A customer accuses Freddy of being late with the delivery and of...

Breaker Morant (1980)

Set in South Africa in 1901, Breaker Morant is an Australian film that follows the Boer War. A team of Australian Bushveldt Carbineers are given orders to take on the enemy and leave no man alive. But these orders land Lieutenant Harry Morant and two other men on...

The Toll (2021)

Set in Wales, Officer Catrin (Annes Elwy) receives a personal invitation to visit the local Toll Booth at night. She finds the operator wants to have a quiet and straightforward discussion with just the two of them. From this, we gain an interesting back story,...

Till Death (2021)

Emma (Megan Fox) is currently in a dull and soulless marriage.  So bored in her marriage, she has even considered seeing another man but can never actually go through with it. This year, her husband has a special treat for the two of them on their wedding...

The Secret Garden (2020)

Based on The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911), the 2020 adaption follows little Mary Lennox, who has recently been orphaned.  Upon being sent from India to her uncle's estate, Misselthwaite, we follow her adjustment to a new way of life in...

Old (2021)

The film introduces a family of four who are travelling to a holiday resort. Upon arriving at the resort, everything seems lovely and luxurious. The family begins to interact with other members at the resort who are also on vacation for different purposes and...

The Boy Behind the Door (2020)

Bobby (Lonnie Chavis) and Kevin (Ezra Dewey) are best friends who are both twelve years old. One day the two are hanging out in the woods, walking around and chatting.  When Bobby realises that Kevin is no longer talking back to him from afar, Bobby...

Being John Malkovich (1999)

Being John Malkovich (1999) - Movie Review 19th July 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Craig (John Cusack) is a talented puppeteer, but he fails to make a living off it. He lives with his wife Lotte Schwartz (Cameron Diaz), who works at a pet store and is obsessed with...

Whiplash (2014)

Whiplash (2014) - Movie Review 16th July 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Andrew (Miles Teller) is a young drummer who has dreams and the solid potential to become one of the greatest drummers of our time.  Upon joining a music conservatory group, he is given an...

In Fabric (2018)

In Fabric (2018) - Movie Review 14th July 2021 Written by Amanda Rosazza Without giving too much away, the film follows the journey of a red dress—a red dress with a curse. At the beginning of the film, we meet a lovely woman named Sheila (Marianne Jean-Baptiste),...

Agnes Joy (2019)

Rannveig (Katla M. Þorgeirsdóttir) is exhausted, overdue for a holiday and completely worn out from many elements of her life in the present day. Some of these elements include dealing with her family, which consists of her husband and only daughter, her workplace at...

Hope (2019)

Set one day before Christmas Eve, the film introduces Anja (Andrea Bræin Hovig), who lives with her long term partner Tomas (Stellen Skarsgård). Anja and Tomas are a blended family with six children. A year ago, Anja had lung cancer which was caused by heavy smoking...

Nine Days (2020)

Set in a time and place that looks like the afterlife, Will (Winston Duke) spends his days viewing the many lives of people on Earth on a stack of old tube TVs. When one of the TVs loses signal, it's up to Will to seek someone to replace the person lost.  Will...

Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)

The ultimate NBA Basketball player and superstar LeBron James struggles to connect with his son, who enjoys making and creating high-quality videogames. LeBron feels his son should receive the same upbringing as he did, telling him to spend more time focusing on other...

Black Widow (2021)

Set between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers Infinity War, Black Widow (2021) follows Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), who is currently on the run.  While she manages to find a place to stay low, she soon receives word of a situation related to her...