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Burning Palms
Reviewed by
Simon Black
on
Burning Palms DVD Review It ainít perfect by any stretch, but Burning Palms is an ambitious and entertaining outing that didnít quite deserve the critical drubbing it was dealt upon its North American release.
Rating:
3.25

Feature 7.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features   0.0
Total 6.5
Distributor: Sony
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: MA15+

6.5


Burning Palms

Marketing itself, fairly aptly as it turns out, as Ď5 Tales of Madnessí, Burning Palms explores the (sexual) lives and (sexual) mores of a bunch of LA twenty- and thirty-somethings through five frequently risque and highly unpredictable vignettes. 

Employing the vibrant comic book sensibility that has worked so ably on Kick Ass and its ilk, the film boasts a strong cast, including Avatarís Zoe Saldana, Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch), the comely but oft-overlooked Lake Bell (What Happens in Vegas), former Bond girl Rosamund Pike and the always excellent Nick Stahl (Terminator 3, HBOís Carnivale).  Itís the directorial debut for Christopher Langdon, heretofore best known for penning the 2007 Shia LaBouef vehicle Distrubia, and though has received mostly lukewarm reviews in the States struck this humble reviewer as a sassy if not always entirely succersful sendup of 21st century societal mores. 

Incest, rape and murder (not to mention reluctant female-male digital penetration on the part of Jamie Chungís character) are amongst the filmís weightier preoccupations, and though Langdon occasionally bites off more than he can chew with regards to his wilfully taboo subject matter each topic is nonetheless dealt with in a thoughtful and reasoned way.  Or at least played for laughs and/or pathos, which is almost as good. 

It ainít perfect by any stretch, but Burning Palms is an ambitious and entertaining outing that didnít quite deserve the critical drubbing it was dealt upon its North American release.  The performances are excellent and the ensemble cast universally do their darndest to lend an air of humanity and levity to proceedings, which though frequently off-colour could never be accused of being dull.   

Special Features

None.   






 
 



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