Come Out and Play Movie Review
Written by Karin Crighton
Film released by Canana Films
Written and directed by Makinov
2012, 105 minutes, Rated R
Released on June 27th, 2013
Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Francis
Vinessa Shaw as Beth
I wish I hadn’t watched the "Makinov Manifesto" on YouTube before typing this review; this dude covers his head with a cloth mask and rails against consumerism of society while making movies, one of the world’s largest consumer product. It certainly colored my opinion of his “vision”.
Come Out and Play is a remake of Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s 1976 film Who Can Kill A Child? The film opens with Francis (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) and Beth (Vinessa Shaw) on vacation in Mexico; it’s their tropical babymoon before their third child arrives. They rent a boat and head out to the beautiful, barely inhabited island of Punto Huecta, but when they get there they find the place entirely deserted...except for the children. And the children know what happened.
The film moves at a very slow pace; you can drive a bus between Vinessa Shaw’s lines. There are five minutes of action for every fifteen minutes of Ebon Moss-Bachrach running up and down stairs and down streets seeing nothing. And while Moss-Bachrach is committed to his role, the chemistry between him and his onscreen wife is confusing. Why does Francis frequently leave Beth alone, even when he knows they’re in danger? Why do either of them stay on an abandoned island for that long in the first place? After seeing what happens to an elderly man at the hands of an eight-year-old, why do they lock themselves in a hotel rather than run for the shore? I liked how raw the filmmaking appeared, but it is inconsistent. A scene shot from the perspective from Beth lying on the bed speaking to Francis is unique but never repeated; it seemed like an afterthought edited in later. The progressively gruesome shots of what the children were doing with the missing adults was very effective; by the end of the film I couldn’t watch those moments.
I will agree with Makinov that far too many films shy away from violence towards children as taboo. That sounds callous, but you don’t know what these kids were doing yet. Seriously. Ugh. *shakes head, trying to clear mental picture* And perhaps that was a point Makinov was trying to make: children behave like adults these days, murdering without impunity, committing crimes beyond their years. Is there no longer a reason to treat children as children? Are we adults truly at fault? Is anyone innocent anymore? These are difficult questions to answer, but Come Out and Play isn’t the best forum in which to ask them.
Beautiful but inconsistent cinematography, passable but not outstanding acting, and a lackluster pace make this film a wash.
Video, Audio and Special Features:
Video, audio and special features will not be graded as this was a screening.