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Restless

Directed by celebrated filmmaker Gus Van Sant based on a play by Jason Lew about young love and mortality, "Restless" is about a terminally ill teenage girl (Mia Wasikowska) who falls in love with a boy who likes to attend funerals and also their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from World War II.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 1 Dec 2011
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 1 Hour 31 Minutes
Distributor: SONY PICTURES RELEASING INTERNATIONAL
Cast: Henry Hopper, Mia Wasikowska, Schuyler Fisk, Jane Adams
Director: Gus Van Sant
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: "Milk' & "Love And The Other Pursuits"

Director Gus Van Sant ("Milk") is a two time nominee of the Academy Awards for "Best Director", so one can only expect greatness in his new film "Restless". As it turns out, not even a great director combined with the powerful performance of the cast could save a story as dull as this one.

The film follows a love story between a death-obsessed guy named Enoch (Henry Hopper) and a terminally ill girl, Annabelle (Mia Wasikowska). Enoch is a moody teen that crashes funerals, listens to the service and then later enjoys a free lunch; and at one of these funerals he meets Annabelle. Recently orphaned by a car crash that almost took his life, Enoch now sees and communicates with a friendly ghost named Hiroshi (Ryo Kase), who used to be a Japanese kamikaze pilot. The love portrayed by Enoch and Annabelle, however unrealistic it may be, was the purest of its kind, making for a very sweet film. However, their conversations were dull and boring, thanks to first time script-writer Jason Lew.

Performance wise, they were worlds apart, Mia Wasikowska overpowered her co-star Henry Hopper in practically every scene, leaving him looking like the amateur actor that he is. However, counting in the fact that it is Henry's first time as a lead-role, everyone should cut him some slack. Ryo Kase makes for a very unconvincing Japanese kamikaze pilot, but once again no fault to the actor, it was just how the character was made to be. An English speaking Japanese kamikaze pilot from World War II that is surprisingly good at playing Battleship.

That said, "Restless" is really a perfectly fitted title for this highly predictable boring film. However, if you're a sucker for love stories, this one is as pure and sweet as it can get.

Cinema Online, 23 November 2011
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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