Sunday, 14 April 2013

#36 SPRING BREAKERS (14.4.13)

Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine and James Franco. Written and directed by Harmony Korine.

 In case you don't know, Spring Break is a uniquely America religious festival that takes place during the Easter half term, in which sexy collage kids celebrate the crucifixtion and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus H. Christ by wearing skimpy bikinis, getting truly shit-faced on every alcoholic beverage and drug known to man and flashing their tits in one grim, week-long orgy of hedonistic excess.

Now i know that most of us, given the choice between that and eating Easter Eggs would probably settle for oggling beautiful, semi-clad, young girls but after sitting through Harmony Korine's sleazy and voyeuristic gun and tits 21st Century Morality Tale I, for one, will be sticking with the empty calories of chocolate.

Beautifully shot in glorious neon and saturated sunlight but utterly empty and devoid of an emotional core. This is a strange film that feels like a horrible, hyper-real dream or nightmare. With a cast as horrifically ugly - morally as it is beautifuly clad in skimpy bikinis and shot by a camera that lingers lustfully on each and every gyrating crotch and pert nipple, and believe me there are lots of those!

The story follows four college girls who fund a spring break trip by robbing a late-night diner, and what starts as a consequence free party slowly unravels as the girls are rescued from prison by 'Alien', a sleazy drug-dealing DJ played by James Franco who recruits three of the girls to be his own private army in a drug war.

Filled with repeated sequences, a throbbing sound track, James Franco saying 'Spring Break, Bitches.' over-and-over again and over use of slow motion to convey the unreality of it all, Spring Breakers offers no comment or judgement on the action of its four female stars. And ultimately it all feels rather flat, exploitative and pointless.


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