Nobel Son ***
Directed by Randall Miller
Written by Randall Miller and Jody Savin
This Film Is Not Yet Rated-will most likely be an R for the violence, language, sex-rather unsavory content all around.
"Nobel Son" is the newest film from husband/wife team Randall Miller and Jody Savin. If you are not aware of anything they have done in the past, they made a little fiom called "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School" which was released last year. Met with no profit and little praise, "Marilyn Hotchkiss" was really a very sweet and tender film which I adored. Now there is "Nobel Son," an extreme shift in direction for the two, going from sentimental to a gritty dark comedy thriller. Assembling a cast as good as before-Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, Bryan Greenberg(who has clearly come a long way since "Prime"), Mary Steenburgen, Ted Danson, Danny DeVito, and Eliza Dushku, "Nobel Son" begins with Eli(Rickman) learning that he is about toe recieve the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Eli's already inflated ego gets even bigger, until his thunder is ruined when his son Barkley(Greenberg) is kidnapped by someone who claims to be Eli's other son from an affair. He demands two million dollars. The rest is a mystery with a detective played by Bill Pullman, and then a family thriller where secrets are revealed and nothing is sacred anymore.
Miller and Savin cram their script with twist after twist, and the direction style is quick paced and filled with loud techno music. This creates a feeling of constant urgancy, and you are always trying to figure out what is going to happen next. Be warned that this style takes a little time to get used to, and the constant loud noise from the opening scenes may seem annoying at first, but when you get into the page turner aspects of the script the style simply makes it more effective. The acting is strong and on par, with Rickman once again charming the audience no matter how much of a bastard he is. I do not see how this film should have a problem finding someone to distribute it, and the Christmas themes should make for a great dark Christmas caper at the end of the year. At the screening I attended Greenberg, Dushku, and Shawn Hatosy from the cast were there, as well as Miller and Savin.