The King – *

Posted: November 11, 2013 in 2005, Thriller, UK, USA, X

Cleaning up my dvd’s-to-watch box, which has a lot of rubbish. The kind that you buy at stores as part of a ’10 for 15 euro’- deal. Those are very tempting deals because there are always 3 or 4 that you really want to see (or give away as presents) and then you just take 6 or 7 along.

The King is one of them. It stars Gabriel Garcia Bernal as an ex marine who decides to visit his father who he has never seen before, a role played by William Hurt. The father turns out to be a preacher of some conservative church and is not wiling to befriend his ‘new’ son, which he calls a ‘result of sin’. So the kid flips and turns psycho. He starts dating his half-sister in secret and shows her all the pleasures in the world that her father forbids. And there’s more evil to follow.

I didn’t quite get the point of this story/movie. It’s not a psycho thriller. It’s not horror. It’s not a religious drama. It’s not a romance. It’s nothing of all that. It’s not even provocative. Or thought-provoking. It’s just plain boring.

At one point you see the kid, called Elvis – hence the title –  have sex with his half-sister. That should be a shocking moment, but it isn’t. Is that the actors’ mistake? Or is it the directing? Or just the story? Who knows. I personally never empathized with any of the characters. And empathy is crucial to either like or dislike certain personas. Now, I just didn’t care. Next !

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