Who's Watching Oliver? Movie Review
Written by Ali Chappell
Released by Gravitas Ventures
Directed by Richie Moore
Written by Russell Geoffrey Banks, Raimund Huber and Richie Moore
2018, 87 minutes, Not Rated
Released on July 10th, 2018
Russell Geoffrey Banks as Oliver
Sara Malakul Lane as Sophia
Margaret Roche as Mama
Alright, I have been hearing about this film for like over a year now, so I finally took the time to watch it. I give into peer pressure fairly quick. Made high school and college quite interesting to say the least. That is a different story for a different day. Who’s Watching Oliver is having its theatrical release this week and I’m here to tell you why you should give it a chance.
Who’s Watching Oliver is set around a guy, Oliver (Russell Geoffrey Banks), who is a little bit mentally unstable. Ok, a lot mentally unstable. He is trapped inside his own life because of his sick and twisted mother, who insists on him killing/having sex with girls on webcam for her. I use a “/” because they happen at the same time. Also, she’s not even there. If she asked me to do something like that, I’d straight up be like, “Make me!” and shut my computer and be done with it. But that doesn’t make a good story. It is very sick and twisted what she makes him do and he is under her control mentally until he meets Sophia and she makes him want to escape his life. This is your basic story of manipulation and finding solace in a kind stranger. Leaving the devil for God, seeing the light, changing your ways.
The story lacks depth. This movie seems as though it was made for the purpose of shock value and having a really pretty trailer that appeals to audiences. Don’t get me wrong, it is beautifully shot and the acting is great. The plot just lets it all down. Its too easy. They should’ve made it less shock value, less torture porn and more about his turmoil, about his mother, about his path and his way of breaking free. Less is more when it comes to violence against women and this is excessive.
There is definitely a Princess Diaries/She’s All That thing happening here as well, because take off the glasses, fix the hair and change the clothing and BOOM! He is a hottie. Really, that is your story, right there. Turning a homicide maniac into the perfect boyfriend. Patent pending. Banks is exceptional in this role and with his transformation into Oliver. Having seen him in Ghost House, I can tell that he has a wide range of talents. Not to mention his shy guy demeanor matched with his insanely crazy smile makes him all the more menacing. I’m also not just saying this because we are Facebook friends. I actually think he is very talented and I can’t wait to see what he does.
All in all, yeah. Go see this film on the big screen. It’s bloody, it’s fucked up and the acting really is good. I think this crew and team deserve support.
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