Rollin' With the Nines
Noise film clip (sample below)
Taylor film clip (collage below)
Barrymore film clip (collage below)
Doppelganger is a movie
that almost worked.
It starts out with a mystery that
may be psychological or supernatural. Drew Barrymore
plays a woman who may or may not have murdered some
members of her family. Could she have committed them
in one of her multiple personalities, or is there
truly a physical doppelganger, a supernatural being
split from her own personality, an exact physical
double which represents her evil side?
The first 75 minutes of the film
are very confusing, because some of the evidence
points to Drew, and some of it supports the existence
of a doppelganger. There are also other mysterious
inexplicable circumstances that seem to be
supernatural. Drew's roommate, who is trying to help
her, keeps running into people who either are dead or
never existed at all.
Then the film presents an
explanation which, while improbable and perhaps
unnecessarily complicated, does manage to explain why
the clues pointed in both directions, and provides a
logical (if contrived) explanation for the existence
of the doppelganger as well as the other mysterious
non-existent people. Good enough. I was satisfied for
about a minute and I thought the film would end in
another minute or so, as soon as the bad guy finished
his official movie bad guy "let me hold a gun on you
while I explain the plot" speech.
Then, the next ten minutes
provides some of the craziest, most over-the-top
nonsense I've ever seen, as well of some of the
cheesiest special effects. It turns out that even
though there was an answer to the mystery in the
natural world, there is some insane supernatural
nonsense afoot, and it seems to have no bearing at all
on the previous activity in the film!
Finally, in the last
minute, the film does one of those "what the ... ? "
moments where the scene is handled in such an ominous
manner, with the looks they exchange, the things the
camera focuses on, and the eerie music, that we
realize that something important and mysterious just
happened. Unfortunately, is is too important and
mysterious to be shared with the audience, and we have
no idea what it is, or what it is supposed to mean.
I guess they will tell us
everything in Doppelganger 2, or perhaps it will be