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Mall (2014)

R | | Drama | 17 October 2014 (USA)
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The lives of five disaffected suburbanites come together at a shopping mall in the wake of one man's shooting spree.

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Joseph Hahn

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Sam Bisbee (screenplay), Eric Bogosian (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Frecheville ... Mal
Cameron Monaghan ... Jeff
Ron Yuan ... Cop
Bobbi Salvör Menuez ... Adelle (as India Menuez)
B.K. Cannon ... Sales Girl
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Danny
Morgana Wise ... Stewardess (as Morgana B. Wise)
Shannon Freyer ... Crying Girl
Jamie Noel Jamie Noel ... Lingerie Model
Gina Gershon ... Donna
Adam Findley ... Actor
Gbenga Akinnagbe ... Michel
Bracha Krueger Bracha Krueger ... Marie
Peter Stormare ... Barry
Evan Avtal Evan Avtal ... Kid Throwing Up
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Malcom's done with his life. Only the noise of Crystal Meth gives him a reason to keep going - everything else it has long regardless. Equipped with a bag full of weapons and self-made bombs, he makes his way to the nearby mall to really stir things up. On his personal war campaign, he not only changes his life radically, but also the fate of other people who are in the wrong place at the same time: a teenager whose favorite pastime is smoking pot in his dreary existence, a housewife, where their best days have been left behind, a greedy businessman whose only desire is to increase his wealth and a depressed pervert. Written by uwotm8fightmeirl

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violence and sexual content, graphic nudity, and for language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

17 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mall: Wrong Time, Wrong Place See more »

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There is a picture of Director Joe Hahn posted on the wall in the bookstore. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mal's Mother: Malcolm, want your dinner now? I made fish sticks with mashed potatoes and string beans, okay? Did you hear me? Well, if you're not gonna tell me what you want, I'm gonna make your decisions for you,and you get what you get. Christ, the older you are, the more you remind me of your father. You hear that, Mal?
Mal's Mother: [seeing him aiming at her from the hallway] What is that thing?
Mal: [shoots her]
Mal's Mother: [with labored breathing] Did you just do what I think you did? Oh, Mal! Who's gonna clean this up now...
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White Noise
written by Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Phoenix Farrell and Joseph Hahn
performed by Linkin Park
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Oh dear lord, this kid and his "observations." At first I thought it was supposed to be funny, but after a while, it just got annoying. He was seriously the most obnoxious character in the movie, so it sucks that he was the lead. The writers really nailed the pretentious, "above it all" high school tool who never goes anywhere without his copy of The Catcher in the Rye and an inflated sense of self-worth. He's so full of wisdom! So deep and enlightened! He's there to put the sheep in their places, since he's the only one who knows what's going on! This is like stoner 2.0, the kind of stuff that these guys think sounds so life-changing, like it's never occurred to anyone else, and their sole duty in life is to redirect the miscreants. I'm still not sure this was supposed to be part of the odd, dark humor that seemed to exist throughout the film. If it wasn't, though, I have to imagine the writers *were* that kid.

I didn't know B.K. Cannon was in this movie! I was excited to see her for her brief cameo, despite the creepiness of the scene. Vincent D'Onofrio was fantastic, of course, and his scenes, as painful and uncomfortable as they were to watch, saved a lot of the movie. I feel like the entire bit with the bored housewife should have been cut. It added nothing to the movie and played out more like a clunky attempt to metaphorically represent a boy growing up and coming into his sexuality. The pacing died, and I found myself doing other things with the movie playing in the background. Honestly, if all of that had been removed, it would have been a much better film. Those scenes really dragged, and they were so jarring whenever they occurred, total change in tone and atmosphere. It's like you're in the middle of a car chase scene, then it cuts really quickly to Antiques Roadshow.

As much as I hated the beginning with the pseudo-intellectual babble, I actually really liked the ending. That saved it a bit. Overall, the film was trying too hard to be artsy and complex, but it did have some interesting moments and some legitimate humor. I give it a resounding "could have been worse."


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