The Black Dahlia

2006

Action / Crime / Drama / History / Mystery / Thriller

60
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 32%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 27%
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 66664

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Cast

Scarlett Johansson as Kay Lake
Rose McGowan as Sheryl Saddon
Josh Hartnett as Dwight 'Bucky' Bleichert
Hilary Swank as Madeleine Linscott
720p.BLU
644.46 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
2hr 1 min
P/S 0 / 22

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by marieltrokan 4 / 10

The inadvertent message, that a weakness should improve itself so that it's more fun to experience the weakness

When it comes to the future, protection from the present is to not be at risk because of the present.

To not be at risk, because of the present, is to be at risk because of the past. To be at risk because of the past is impossible, because the past is unable to influence the present.

The future is impossible, because the past is unable to change the present - the impossible is created by the inability of the past to create the present.

In juxtaposition, it's the possible which is created by the ability of the past to create the present - reality is created by the ability of the past to create the present.

Reality is created by the ability of the past to create reality.

When the ability of the past creates reality, reality is created: when the ability of the past creates ability, ability is created.

The ability of the past, is the non-ability of the present - the non-ability of ability. When the non-ability of ability creates ability, ability is created.

An ability that's created isn't an ability or a creation: an ability that's created is an inability that isn't created.

When the non-ability of ability creates ability, an inability is timeless.

A non-ability ability is a timeless inability. When a timeless inability creates an ability, an inability is timeless.

When a limited power creates a limitless power, a limitation is limitless.

A limited power has a duty to improve itself so that the experience of limitation is better.

A weakness needs to improve itself so that it's more fun to experience the weakness

Reviewed by Jitendra Kotai 8 / 10

Great Background score and well shot

The film takes to back to those days. Happy New Year 1947. It has some classy music running in the background and the movie has been shot beautifully. Scarlett Johansson looks extremely hot as she tries to seduce Josh Harnett. Aaron Eckhart plays his role really well and Josh harnett looks extremely handsome and plays his part beautifully too. An entertaining film that I enjoyed.

Reviewed by J-bot6 6 / 10

Unbalanced

This film's a bit unusual in that the peripheral actors outperform the lead actors.

Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Josh Harnett, and Aaron Eckhart turn in over-the-top performances that tend to repeatedly rip the viewer out of the movie.

In contrast, Mia Kirshner, Mike Starr, James Otis, and Fiona Shaw did a great job. To be fair, the more subdued scenes with Aaron Eckhart were quite good.

The style of filming is pretty cool. I'm certainly a fan of noir films. However, there's something about the exterior period sets that don't seem quite right. Maybe it's that they're so squeaky clean. As hard as this film tried to be genuine, it still felt contrived -- both in performance and appearance.

Then there's the character development side of it. It would have been nice if some time was cut from the boxing match and a bit more time spent on the characters and their interactions. Things happen between characters in this film as if almost instantaneously. Some kind of method of showing that time has passed before major shifts in attitude take place between characters would help a lot. The current cut makes it seem like the characters change their minds suddenly and almost without explanation. It's pretty confusing to watch -- and that's not even factoring in the convoluted plot.

Black Dahlia is a movie that wants to generate atmosphere, but it can't.

If a person wants a modern take on noir with a bit of camp, they're probably better off playing through Bioshock 2. For Black Dahlia to really work, any and all camp (and any hyper-real portrayals) need to be eliminated. This is a film that would have worked if it had instead been a bit understated.

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