REVIEW: Cherrybomb (2009, DVD)

“Yeah? Well, get in the queue, sunshine. I hate me all the time.” – Robert Sheehan as Luke

Unrated, 1 hr. 26 min. Directed by: Lisa Barrows D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn Starring: Rupert Grint, Kimberley Nixon, Robert Sheehan

Rating: C+

What It’s (Electrically) About: New girl Michelle (Kimberley Nixon) causes all kinds of trouble after she encourages two best friends, “good boy” Malachy (Rupert Grint) and charming, lowlife Luke (Robert Sheehan), to compete for her affections. Things soon spiral out of their control.

 

 

Luke (Robert Sheehan)

The REVIEW: Cherrybomb opens with a clip of a grainy police tape featuring two frightened looking boys being questioned. It is a scene that foreshadows the things to come. Then the movie shifts smoothly into a dreamy shot of gymnasts twisting in the air with an even dreamier music track pulsing in the background. This is a perfect example of how Cherrybomb plays out. Opposites are used to create character and story, and while the characters are interesting enough, the plot strains to be something more than a second-rate episode of Skins.

Malachy (Rupert Grint)

Before the desirable Michelle strolls inside the “LeisurePlex” Malachy and Luke party their way through their teenage years, the two of them the very best of friends even if their backgrounds couldn’t be more different. Malachy has a nice, simple life at home–a loving mother and father, excellent grades, family dinners and a comfortable, middle class house. Luke on the other hand goes home to a house under construction, where he and his deadbeat, spineless dad live thanks to Luke’s successful older brother, a man who is in charge of not only the construction site, but also a whole ring of drug dealing. The two boys seem to both want to break away from the constricting lives they are forced to lead.

Stylized text pops up on screen for the tech savvy generation, and it is a shtick that works well for the slick and gorgeously shot film. The visual style of the film is tense enough to relate the movie to a thriller, but wild enough for the target audience. The slickness coupled with the internalized energy of the story makes Cherrybomb a teenagers flick. Anyone older than twenty will roll their eyes at the angst and twisted despiration found in Malachy, Luke and Michelle. Those younger will watch with anticipation as Luke become increasing jealous and panicked as his friend’s love switches from him to the girl.

Michelle (Kimberley Nixon)

The tie found between the boys should have been explored further, pushed further, and a more illuminating phsycological thriller may have appeared out of the thin plot, and also the abrupt ending may have been poetic instead of random.

Sheehan, Grint & Nixon

All the players in this game of Get-The-Girl are empathic, and the all the actors work very well, especially Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley in the HP universe) with his trademark flaming red hair handsomely styled in a quiff and the doe-eyed Robert Sheehan (from the hit Brit-TV show Misfits) whose Jagger-esque saunter is amusing and brilliant. Kimberley Nixon (Wild Child) acts with both an allure and then later a vulnerability, and while you begin to understand her, you never actually like her.

Instead, one finishes Cherrybomb thinking bitterly, and what did they see in her?

Should You See It: You can watch it for free on YouTube, so why not?

THE MUSIC IN CHERRYBOMB

Cherrybomb employs a set of fantastic songs from little-known artists. Give them all a listen. *Here is the list:

*Excluding two songs due to an explicative in the bands name.


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