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Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word

Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 5:43 pm
by jonbly
8/10 - Well made and well played. At one point we kept cutting back and forth between father and son and I kept thinking that it was a perfect moment for 'Anamorphic Duovision'...

Re: Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:17 am
by The Aylmer
8/10 here too. Was fascinated by the mix of what was based on fact and what obviously wasn't (it as good as started heading down the Exorcist route when the kid was taken to the hospital). Although I didn't pick up on the Adam Redman character (the dad/reluctant juror) being fictional until I had a chat with Simon Rumley afterwards and he said they'd just made him up for the film. It's all lies and deception this movie malarkey.

Re: Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:27 am
by hemi777
8/10..Wonderful movie and superb performances by all the characters...

Re: Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word

Posted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 12:21 pm
by Alex J
The links with the real case and controversy sat a little uneasily with me before I watched the film and I felt the same way aftewards too.

I'm not too sure that mixing gritty realism with supernatural and religious elements wholly worked either, although it did make me want to find out more about the real case, so it did succeed on that level.

Not as powerful as Red, White and Blue although the true case and Garrett's last words add weight to proceedings. 7.5 / 10

Re: Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word

Posted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 12:27 pm
by HairyMart
Film was fine, but like previous post I did not like the idea of using a real case, especially when the whole conviction is so dubious.

I know there is a documentary about this out there and if film-makers felt so strong then they should try to rectify the injustice.

Not dump on the memory of the man by putting out the idea he is some evil murdering spirit.

Re: Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word

Posted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:49 pm
by The Soapmaker
Probably the best-directed film of the weekend, I loved the intense sound design and the near-constant use of extreme closeups.

But, as Simon Rumley said, he didn't write this one and beneath the highly skilled film-making there was a pretty bog-standard revenge from beyond the grave plot, even if it is hung on elements of a true story. A good film, but probably not one I'll remember for long.

Re: Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word

Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:41 pm
by Tyrannosaurus
To be honest I wasn't comfortable with them using a death person's death that way in the film either. That makes it harder to really rate the fil on its own merits, so I'm not really sure what to think.

Re: Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word

Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:28 pm
by hingethunder
I agree with the point above - really enjoyed the film but reading up on the real case afterwards made me a bit uncomfortable (didn't realise while watching it that Garrett was a real person). The real case does appear to have been a miscarriage of justice, but implicating real people (or fictional characters identifiable as real people, eg the DA, the teacher, the jury members etc) in the miscarriage and building a possession plot around it doesn't sit right with me. Could have easily done the same film around a fictional case.

Re: Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word

Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:35 pm
by TheDukeAbides
A good film but more interesting from the real-life aspect and what could possibly be another miscarriage of justice.

Having said that, this reminded me of an episdoe of the X-files far too much.

Re: Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word

Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:39 pm
by greenzombidog
To be honest I thought this was a bit of a polished turd. It looked fantastic and was well directed but the whole thing felt dumb and cheapened the real story behind the movie. The whole thing with the evil infected scabby arm on the main guy felt stupid. I was hoping I would be pleasantly surprised like I was the other year with Slumlord when there was no better alternative, but that didn't happen in this case. On the plus side I did like the directors transparency in the Q&A afterwards.