Cinema-Maniac: Sexy Evil Genius (2013) Review

Sexy Evil Genius is about a group of exes drawn to the same bar in downtown Los Angeles by an ex-girlfriend they all have in common. There is not a whole lot to talk discuss when it comes to this film. It is entirely driven by dialogue and is primarily set in a bar. I don’t have a problem dialogue heavy film so long some good writing can compensate for it. In the case of this it does not. The story has no structure of any kind and goes too much into flashbacks. My main problem with the film is the lack of character development. We get to know the ex-girlfriend very well, but the other main characters not as much. The plot does go into some interesting dark places at the cost of tonal consistency. The history this ex-girlfriend has with our main character is also interesting. The plot constantly builds around the big reveal for gathering all these people together with an underwhelming payoff. It constantly shift motivations for why this gathering is happening and by the time it changes reasons for the third time your patience will be tested. At times the conversation are interesting and at other they will bore repeating already established plot points.

The only sure positive praise I can give to this film is the ensemble cast. They play off one another well enough to keep things interesting even when the plot doesn’t. The cast good chemistry with one another pays off for some fun moments when the material is good. The cinematography on the other hand is boring. The camera either slowly turns in one direction or stands still. That’s about it when it come to what you see aside from every shot being basic. It’s not an interesting looking film because of it and you could tell the direction is struggling how tell the story on limited resources. Also the director has a thing for lens flares when filming a flashback. Sexy Evil Genius overall is okay for a one time watch for the fun cast, but the underwhelming writing will prevent some from completely having a good time.

5/10

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