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||IMDB Rating: 6.2/10 from 662 votes
||Release: 19 October 2002 (Netherlands) /
||Director: Joseph Sargent,
||Stars: Ben Kingsley, Carole Nimmons, Eddie Marsan, Enikõ Détár, Etela Pardo, István Gass, József Gyabronka, Julie Delpy, Lili Horváth, Maria Charles, Michael Mehlmann, Patrick Dempsey, Penny Downie, Richard Bremmer, Sara Toth
||Synopsis: A man who is haunted by a murder he has committed
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There are simply times (often many times) when one decides to watch a
film merely to enjoy watching a favored actor perform, regardless of
the expectations of the film itself. And if the film looks not to be
very good, then lowering personal expectations in order to continue to
enjoy the film is in order.
However, there are also times when one should not make the mistake of
confusing the lowering of personal standards in order to enjoy what
might not be a very good film, with just plain, out-and-out stupidity.
I went mad with joy when I found that English actor Richard Bremmer was
going to be in a movie that was actually going to be shown on American
television. He is almost exclusively a stage performer. And
unfortunately, very little of British television broadcasts or
productions can be accessed in the United States, so that usually
killed that option for me to be able to see him.
I tripped over my feet, running to park myself in front of my TV.
It served me right.
I knew full well that there could not possibly be any "version" of
"Crime and Punishment" that could be portrayed in two hours. Even if
every word of dialogue were cut and the characters used sandwich
boards--it still could not be done. I knew that, so I smirkingly
"lowered my expectations." What I should have done was to put my eyes
out, stick my fingers in my ears, and have run shrieking out into the
night, because THAT would have at least made sense. More so than this
I didn't expect a good job of work, far from it. Not in two hours. I
didn't expect good writing (I was at least not disappointed) and I did
not even expect good acting. Not with the constraints. What I didn't
expect, however, was such an intentional and hideous distortion of
character of the story's protagonist, Rodya Raskolnikov. Rodya's
character was forcibly twisted into a grotesque parody of "good guy" in
the opening of the story, seemingly so that it could either serve as a
vehicle for the young and painfully handsome Patrick Dempsey, or in the
assumption that the American audience was too illiterate and stupid not
to be able to understand the concept of "tragedy".
Or possible both.
This was an insult both to the story itself and to a fine cast. A lack
of direction for Dempsey was apparent, also. He couldn't seem to
understand the concept of "hysteria", which was the essence of Rodya's
personality, and instead resorted to ridiculous movements and
twitchings. This was sheer laziness on the part of director Joseph
Sargent. He did not take out the time to teach the role to an actor who
has a tendency towards being physically hyperactive in much of his
work. The film makers took a character who was not a noble character in
any way and turned him into nothing more than a clown.
Establishing the character of Rodya is the first and foremost thing in
any production of "Crime and Punishment", no matter how restrained the
time or budget might be. He must be established. The book itself is
heavily reliant on speech, and there never has been a way to trim it
for either a lengthy theatrical film or a television series, neither of
which this production was.
The point of the novel's story was that Rodya caused unbearable and
needless agony and suffering to himself. And that he went into it
willingly and with a perverse pleasure. That was a part of the "crime"
and also a part of the "punishment." He wallowed in his own
self-induced emotional pains, and he enjoyed it. He fed on his own
agonies. The novel's Rodya was an emotional masochist. He was not the
classical figure of Greek tragedy. It is this spot alone where the
writer and director failed majestically.
If Rodja's character is not established in the beginning of a film,
then the entire story collapses and the film can from then on only be a
sequence of loosely-stitched together scenes. Even Richard Bremmer and
Ben Kingsly, whose incredible performances and clear understanding and
interpretations of their respective characters, could not save this
film. It was destroyed within the first five minutes. Bremmer and
Kingsly are glorious actors and they were wasted in a way I've never
It just didn't play.
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, Carole Nimmons
, Eddie Marsan
, Enikõ Détár
, Etela Pardo
, István Gass
, József Gyabronka
, Julie Delpy
, Lili Horváth
, Maria Charles
, Michael Mehlmann
, Patrick Dempsey
, Penny Downie
, Richard Bremmer
, Sara Toth
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