Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A review of "Mercy"

Confessions of a Film Junkie: A review of “Mercy”

By: Brian Cotnoir

     Well this is a surprising first here on Confessions of a Film Junkie (for me at least).  This is the first time I’ve ever reviewed anything based on the works of author Stephen King.  That’s surprising considering how much he is associated with the Horror Genre.  Hell, my mentor and co-blogger Miss-E has reviewed more Stephen King works then I have!  So I am changing that today, by reviewing a film based off of a Stephen King short story. So here is my review of the 2014 Suspense Horror “Mercy”.              
What will Stephen King come up with next???
     “Mercy” is the story told from the perspective of a young boy named George who is very close to his grandmother, Mercy, who lives by herself in West Virginia.  After his grandmother is kicked out her elderly living facility for her violent and uncontrollable behavior, George, his mother, his older brother, and his Uncle Lan to take care of her.  Most of their duties consist of making sure grandma gets a strong dose of medication every couple of hours, and doesn’t try to stab any of them with a pair of scissors.  George, pursues a local priest to see if he can help his Grandmother out.  The priest tells George, that he was once very close to his grandparents, and that his grandmother used to be one of the most devout members at his church.  George learns that his grandmother had a great difficulty trying to conceive a child with George’s Grandfather, and suffered a number of miscarriages.  Desperate, to become a mother George’s grandmother turned her back on God and went deep into the hills of West Virginia where she found a mysterious book with 3 tear drops on it.  The Priest believes that George’s grandmother used the book to conjure a deal with the devil to help her conceive a child, and she gave birth to triplets 9 months later.  However, shortly after she gave birth her husband committed suicide by striking himself in the head with an axe in front of his wife and newborn children.  The priest believes that George can find and destroy that book then he might be able to save his grandmother. 
Are you sure the guy same guy who wrote "Maximum Overdrive"
Also came up with the story this film is based off of?
How to describe this film?  It definitely relies on a lot of atmosphere. I mean the film feels like a Stephen King novel and the plot plays out like a Stephen King novel, but at the same time I wouldn’t say it’s the Best film based off of one of his works.  At points in the film it feels like its moving very slow and confusing, but yet I don’t remember feeling bored while watching this film.                                                
    The characters in this film are okay.  George is an interesting protagonist considering he is a teenage character.  He is definitely stronger and more mature for a person his age.  It would’ve been so easy to make him the cliché younger male character who comes off as weak and helpless, and is picked on by everyone, but ultimately saves everyone in in the end, but thankfully he isn’t like that.  George is a character who is strong, intelligent, and compassionate.  Instead of being picked on by his older brother, he picks on his older brother.  He stands up to (and defeats) his own bullies and whenever everyone just tells him to ignore a serious problem because he’s young and wouldn’t understand, he speaks up and takes action.  I actually really liked George.  The rest of the characters are really hit or miss.  George’s grandmother Mercy and his older brother Buddy are memorable, as is the character Pastor Gregory.  Everyone else is kind of bland or useless in the film.            
     I think if you’re a fan of Stephen King then you will probably like “Mercy”, it’s not quite as memorable as “It” or better than “Carrie”, but it’s sure as hell better than “The Langoliers”.  If you are not a fan of Stephen King then you’ll probably find this film to be confusing and slow paced.  Nonetheless, I found “Mercy” to be a good film.  It’s not something I would rush back to see again right away, but I would have no objections to seeing his with someone who has not seen it. 

1 comment:

  1. Nice work! Interesting how King used the same premise as old school fairytales (woman wants a kid bad enough to make a deal with some devil or other) to tell an original story. And loving the 'mentor' status!