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Suspect Zero (2004)

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Commentary 1: Director E. Elias Merhige Rating:5.0/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by sirgawayn on January 4th, 2006:Find all reviews by sirgawayn
What a pretentious windbag. Merhige spends the track describing the thematic significance of each scene, assigning great philosophical meaning to every little scene. He has four or five basic ideas that he repeats over and over, and some of them don't even make sense: if Eckhart is supposed to replace Kingsley, why won't he suffer the same anguish and insanity that Kingsley did? He also genuinely believes in "remote viewing," which makes him sound even more ridiculous. Except for a few comments about types of cameras used, Merhige says almost nothing about the actual filmmaking process. Too bad, since he has a strong visual sense if nothing else. The "Commentary Tracks of the Damned" article by the Onion A.V. Club did a good job ripping this commentary apart.
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 27th, 2007:Find all reviews by pat00139
Mr. Merhige seems to be narrating the movie, reading the script, it seems. He also inject why he chose this or that camera placement or chose to shoot this or that way, but it's mostly narrating. To his credit, he does add information that's not overly obvious in the movie. He tries to add another dimension to the movie but only ends up being redundant, saying what the scenes tell you. (A thought for the wise: I don't think he uses the term 'Kafkaesque' properly in this commentary.) This is an easily forgettable track, as all he does is tell you what's going on. There's no real talk of the movie's making, only what's on screen, apart from a few little bits of information, like the optimal place for remote viewing. Case in point: you see Aaron. Eckhart's eye, then you see him going through Ben Kingsley's books. Mr. Merhige then tells you that the eye, the third eye, gets opened by Mr. Eckhart's pouring over these books. Even if you don't get this idea exactly watching the movie, you can pretty much figure out that M. Eckhart is getting more information, figuring out how Mr. Kingsley's mind works. I did get a bit more insight to the movie, but that's not because Mr. Merhige says something important, it's just that one of his comments led me to think about something, which in turn started a chain reaction in my head, ending in a bit of a clearer picture. To give you another idea of what this track is like, not only does Mr. Merhige mention 'Begotten' three times, he also recommends you watch it. It's not a track you'd want to listen to unless you're a fan of the movie.