Friday, July 12, 2013

The Bling Ring

Director: Sofia Coppola

Starring: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga

Based on a true story the movie tells of how a group of pampered L.A. teenagers systematically steal millions of dollars in cash and property from celebrities (like Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Lindsay Lohan). Following the location of their targeted celebs on gossip websites they strike when no one is at home. The Bling Ring relish the lavish life style of their victims and openly boast about their illicit exploits on Facebook. Inevitable capture means instant celebrity in this truly 21st century crime wave and their true mission is accomplished. The ringleader Rebecca (Katie Chang) is a reality-TV-obsessed girl who finds a kindred spirit in Marc (Israel Broussard). Blooded after burglarizing the home of a friend they swiftly advance to more noteworthy victims. The thrill of it all soon attracts Nicki (Emma Watson) and her adopted sister, Sam (Taissa Farmiga) to the gang and the quartet live large on their ill-gotten gains until reality bites. Good performances in this quasi-satire on celebrity obsession. The film has a fluid morality which makes it more interesting but the main attraction(for me anyway) is the memorable sound track.

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