UMP Review – Spring

Lovestory with a strong feeling of Twilight, but more artistic and better played – still Twilight is strongly present in this one.

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When the world of teenagers went infinitely crazy after seeing Robert Pattinson in his matinee idol-style role in “Twilight”, others kept on asking themselves – “what the **** is going on?”. The producers sniffed out an opportunity of making big  money and Twilight-like garbage was booming. What was the common point for all of that? Vampires. And here we come to “Spring” – a new indie by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. A feature, which some may call cliche, some may call magical – unfortunately, I’m out of both of these groups.

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The so-called chain reaction burdens Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) a lot, when both of his parents die one after another, in just a few months. Stressful situation reaches its peak, when Evan loses control over himself after his mother’s funeral and, as a consequence, loses his job as well. The unfortunate series has to end and Evan decides to travel to other side of the world – his new home becomes a minute, touristic town in Italy. With plans to start his life again, Evan meets a mysterious dark-haired beauty, which hides a gruesome secret from the day of light.

No matter how hard the creators of “Spring” would try to blend romance and horror – those two genres  just do not add up in this one. Neither are we enabled to fully dig into a crooked relationship between Evan and Louise, nor get the chills from her “other side”. “Spring” is somehow crafted in a manner reminscing “Splice” (2009), where fragile strand of emotional bond is weaven with a disgusting gore. Nevertheless, duo Benson & Moorhead takes a step forward and buys off the audience with sublime cinematography and a fresh approach to the genre. Still, it is a well-packed present, but rather empty inside.

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The phylosophical mayhem, which appears in practically all of the discussions of Evan and Louise, is vastly devastating to the picture as well. Although Evan is a simple-minded guy from America, whose life has fallen apart, Louise’s disquisitions on the essence of existence are as shallow as a puddle. Her scathing manner of speaking would be a fantastic match to a more sophisticated, intelligent character, but Evan is painfully simple. Also the “americanized” perception of Europe is so stereotypical, that it’s just unbearable. Pucci is a bit transparent in his expressions and gives field to gorgeous Nadia Hilker, who’s just mezmerizing on the screen – unfortunately, they just don’t fit to each other.

No hard feelings in general, because “Spring” was not a complete waste of time. If you really wish to watch a mixture of romance and horror – fair enough, “Spring” is a better choice than an unquestionable classic of the genre, “Birdemic: Shock and Terror”… Nevertheless, let it be a sign, that filmmakers should really cut off this mysterious-primal-monster-hidden-in-a-beatiful-body stuff and dig into something different. Love is a power above all, but there are better ways to show it.

UMP Grade: 23/50

(Cinematography: 7, Plot: 4, Acting: 5, Soundtrack: 4, Quaintness: 3)

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