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Kim Basinger and her toolbox live to fight another day!!!
While She Was Out (DVD)
Member Name: Ironbutterfly123
While She Was Out (DVD)
Advantages: Great music at the end - good start to the film
Disadvantages: The gang were not vicious enough and the middle part of the film was rushed and no meat to the plot
I bought this DVD because I like films where normal people get into unusual, dangerous situations and watch as they fight for their life to get out of them and stay with them all the way whilst they trawl through hectic car chases, muddy forests with bloody, ripped attire with threats of torture or death and hope with bated breath that they come through it all with delayed action hero abilities and deal with the baddies with good over evil aplomb. The villains chasing them must be vicious enough for you to be vilified by them and for you to hope they get their just desserts in the end by our hero/heroine.
This movie however disappointed me somewhat.
The film, made in 2008, opens around Christmastime with an anxious, unhappy almost depressive suburban housewife Della Myers (Kim Basinger) who although lives in a pretty, well-to-do suburban house and everything on the outside looks rosy she harbours the life of a battered wife who is both emotionally and physically scarred by her overbearing, abusive husband who constantly berates her on the lack of her domestic skills and has a row with her regarding the state of untidiness in their home. Her husband, Kenneth Myers played by 80s hearthrob, Craig Sheffer, almost hits Della in the face amid his anger but steals himself when his two children appear on the stair. The husband seems to control Della and she is frightened of him.
Although disburbed by the incident and in an emotional state Della tends to her children as it is near Christmastime and she wants them to feel happy, excited, loved and secure and to keep the sordidness of her marriage away from them. The children seem to sense her unhappiness and have a childish empathy with her as they too are living in an unquiet home.
After Della puts her two children to bed she decides to do a little Christmas shopping and to buy wrapping paper and drives to her local mall. Whilst in the car she lights up a cigarette and has a phone call with her friend regarding her going to a class that evening one of them being for learning how to be a mechanic hence the toolbox in her car. These two acts suggests some form of escapism and something she does off her own back and in secret without her domineering husband being aware trying to keep some form of herself intact after her self esteem is constantly put down and leaving her a shadow of her former self which seems to both sadden and depress her.
As she reaches the mall's car park she struggles to find a parking space. She notices that a car has taken up two parking spaces which she feels is selfish and in her annoyance leaves a note. As she arrives in the mall she bumps into an old friend who seems to find great pleasure in looking down on Della and showing off her new sexy purchase of lingerie for her husband something which Della feels uncomfortable with and on top of this Della when making the purchase for the wrapping paper her card is declined and she has to struggle for the change in her pocket to pay for it leading to more humiliation and low-self esteem.
As Della goes back to the car park it is completely deserted and the note she has put on the other car is gone. As she goes to drive away the other car on which she left the note pulls up behind her and she cannot pull out. She gets out of the car to confront the gang of four who consist of, Huey (Jamie Starr), Vingh (Leonard Wu), and Tomás (Luis Chávez)--led by Chuckie (Lukas Haas). A security guard intervenes but is shot by Chuckie in the ensuing standoff. As the gang realizes that they have committed a murder, Della manages to start her car and drive away. They follow her, intending to kill her as she is the only witness. She crashes her car in a development area nearby a forest. She takes a road flare and a toolbox out of the car and hides behind a dredger.
From this moment on Della flees into the forest with just her toolbox as a weapon of defence. She has to defend herself throughout in order not to be killed. Will she make it, will she have enough courage, self-esteem and strength of character and keeness to live to carry on for her children through her despair?
The aspects of this film that spoiled it for me was the middle part of the film The start was exciting and you felt sorry for the character of Della Myers (Kim Basinger) and I loved the ending. However the gang were not vicious enough for me in the middle part of the film they just came over as a bunch of silly immature kids rather than vicious, scary thugs with no conscience that were in say the film, Eden Lake. I did not think that the character of Della Myers was as hard done to so to speak as the main characters in Eden Lake which I thought were horrific. I also thought the part in the forest was slightly rushed and did not seem to have any meat to the plot just killings that were on the verge at times as almost humorous.
This in comparison to the film Eden Lake was like eating a chocolate eclair without the chocolate and the cream.
The one thing that I did find interesting in this film was the music at the end which was by Roxy Music called In Every Dream Home a Heartache - the lyrics 'the cottage is pretty' and it seems to suggest an obsession with a blow up doll - which transcribes to me that although you may live in a beautiful house not all that goes on inside it is beautiful and the blow-up doll aspect of the song is how some men see women; just there for their convenience and without a soul or feelings which makes them think they can just use them and treat them as non-entities or as second-class human beings - yes it does go on and maybe this is what the film really is about under the surface.
Atmospheric with a Christmas theme and heightened tension of something awful about to happen in the beginning. A bit rushed and not living up to its earlier premise in the middle part of the film and the gang not being vicious enough for me, yes I like a proper villain not a group of kids playing at it and a satisfying ending with a great soundtrack by Brian Ferry's Roxy Music "I blew up your body, you blew up my mind"!!!!
The only rememberance for me in this film was the music at the end I just HAD to know who it was by and listen to it in its entirety on you-tube. That was really the best thing in this mediocre, watchable but not outstanding film.
Summary: If you like Roxy Music's In Every Dream Home a Heartache and you are a Basinger fan this is for you!