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Film Review: “Nobel Son”

(Gimme Five Films. 1 hour, 50 minutes. Rated R for some violent gruesome images, language and sexuality. Directed by Randall Miller.) Alan Rickman (Eli Michaelson), Bryan Greenberg (Barkley Michaelson), Shawn Hatosy (Thaddeus James), Mary Steenburgen (Sarah Michaelson), Bill Pullman (Max Mariner), Eliza Dushku (City Hall). Music by Mark Adler and Paul Oakenfold.

Barkley Michaleson is kidnapped and held for ransom on the eve of his father’s Nobel Prize win. When his father refuses to pay the ransom, it kicks off a story of family dysfunction, betrayal and revenge. Nobel Son sports a great cast which performs admirably in this twisty, tangled fracas. Bryan Greenberg as Barkley is a bit forgettable, but Rickman’s pitch-perfect performance as a totally arrogant, philandering bastard professor carries the movie. Needless to say, when he gets his comeuppance at the end of the film, it is sweet. The plot gets convoluted as time goes on, and you’ll spend most of your time trying to figure out who is screwing whom over at that particular moment than enjoying yourself. The biggest stumbling block for me was the style of the film, as it feels very over-produced in many places. The spastic pacing, the near-constant soundtrack and the odd camerawork all point to a movie trying to be really cool but not quite getting there, like a Guy Ritchie film sans the verve or wit. An interesting crime flick that despite its cast, eventually buries itself.

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Jared Counts moved to Houston in 1995, survived high school and college, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a degree in Communications (Media Production) and a minor in Film Studies. After being hired part-time at KUHF Radio in early 2003, he proceeded to bounce between...

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