I Melt With You (2011)
Directed by Mark Pellington
Starring: Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven, Christian McKay
Mark Pellington has had a varied career which has included music videos and a long-running gig with the television show Cold Case. He has also worked on a handful of feature films including Arlington Road and The Mothman Prophecies. This film puts together his ability to write and direct. The movie stars Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven, and Christian McKay.
Richard (Jane), Ron (Piven), Jonathan (Lowe), and Tim (McKay) are all together again. These college buddies are together for a week-long reunion filled with booze, drugs, and good times. Soon their week begins to spiral out of control as they are forced to revisit a past that is more troubled than they care to remember. With the past comes a pact, signed in blood, that the men are all tied to. With the outside world shut out these men are forced to face facts that might be too tough to bear.
I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen anything quite like this movie. It reeks of sadness and self-pity. The acting is wonderful, showing the range of emotions these men are experiencing in their drug-fueled week. Perhaps the greatest performance was given by the one actor I wasn’t familiar with. Christian McKay manages to set the movie in motion with a deep and emotional performance as the troubled Tim.
Jane, Lowe, and Piven are also great. The deep emotions shown by each of them really add to the intense and almost terrifying feeling of this movie. With the addition of mesmerizing visuals this movie becomes an experience that I’ve never had before. The camera work and music come together with the acting to bring out feelings that are rich and deep, much like the visual aspects of the film. Overall, Pellington does a great job with the story and his cast. All the aspects of this movie come together quite nicely.
This is not a movie for a family. The issues addressed and the behaviors depicted are tough and brutally honest. It’s a sad film that isn’t going to offer you anything redeeming from its story. Despite this, the message is clear and it makes some startling points with its conclusion. I’ll admit that I went into this one with very few expectations. I was intrigued by the story and the cast. Now I’m glad I took the time to see the film. I give this movie 4.4 out of 5 stars.