Tuesday, January 2, 2007
Then tonight, I went to a pre-screening of "Freedom Writers," which will open this coming Friday.
In "Freedom Writers," Acaedmy Award winner Hilary Swank plays an ambitious young teacher who went to a public school in Long Beach to educate at risk kids. And those kids, mostly gang members are so inspired by this teacher and they published a book called "The Freedom Writers Diary."
How did she inspire these troubled kids? She bought them "Anne Frank's Diary" to read. And then, the kids start to throw away the guns and spend time to write diaries instead of engaging in gang activities.
Sounds absurd? Well, it is, from what the movie shows. This is a laughable film full of cliche. None of the characters are original. They are more like the pickled vegetables in a jar on the shelf and I have been looking at them for years. I don't know who open the lid and let them out. And they taste just like what I expected.
Despite some impressive performance from a few young actors, this film is a disaster and I hate to see that it even gets made at all, of course, by Hollywood.
My rating: 3 out of 10.