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Virtuous (Film) Review

 
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At A Glance...
 

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Release Date: June 2015
 
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2.5/ 5


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We liked?


Appropriate for all ages, and offers many different varieties of healing and restoration by the end of the film.

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Just tries to do too much, making for a confusing film.


Final Fiendish Findings?

A young girl intent on changing her life for the better is thrown off course by unfortunate circumstances.   Simone (Si, to her friends) is a hard working young woman, intent on just getting by. After working a double shift at her restaurant job, Si wants nothing more than to head home to bed before […]

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Posted June 1, 2015 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings?
 
 

A young girl intent on changing her life for the better is thrown off course by unfortunate circumstances.

 

Simone (Si, to her friends) is a hard working young woman, intent on just getting by. After working a double shift at her restaurant job, Si wants nothing more than to head home to bed before getting up the next morning to do it again. As she passes some friends from college waiting in line for a nightclub, they ask Si to join them for a night of fun. Unfortunately, one of the guys isn’t willing to take no for an answer. After he follows her home to her seedy back alley apartment, a struggle ensues and the boy – the grandson of a powerful billionaire – ends up dead. Si’s already tragic life is made even more so by the police decision to go after Si. Just when things look hopeless, a couple who has faced tragedy of their own takes Si under their wing and helps turn her life around.

 

That, in itself, is an interesting story. The elements of political corruption, the tendency to skew things in favor of wealthy people with seemingly clean pasts, and the hopelessness of being in such a situation without the money needed to hire a really good attorney, really highlight how difficult things can be for the poor in our country. When you add a troubled adolescence to the mix, it hardly makes for a sympathetic picture to show a jury. I did enjoy those aspects of the film – however, there wasn’t nearly as much focus on that as I expected. Si’s story was followed, in bits and pieces as Virtuous played out, but so did a number of other stories, making for a film that just really tried to do too much, making for both a lot of confusion and a main story that wasn’t as deep as it could have been.

 

In addition to Si’s story, you get just a little about the Evans’ (the lawyer couple who help Si out), and the daughter that they tragically lost. You also see many glimpses of a group of soldiers who are prisoners of war in Afghanistan – but you have no idea who they are or what they have to do with anything for most of the movie. There’s also the story of the overly dramatic police officer who is going through a divorce and over the top negative about pretty much everything, the story line about the dead boy’s grandfather and his creepy employee trying to pull strings behind the scenes, the fourteen year old boy who witnessed the shooting and the romance between his mom and the bitter cop’s partner, the lonely nurse with a heart of gold who spends time caring for a crotchety old man none of the other nurses will care for, the powerful judge with a verbally abusive husband, and the driven young news reporter just trying to get a story while her weird boss smells her hair and makes thinly veiled suggestions.

 

That is all just way too much to adequately touch on in a feature length film. By trying to have so many different stories going on at the same time, they’ve done justice to none of them. There is so much covered that you spend much of the movie trying to figure out why they keep showing all these different people, and what it all means. Of course, it kind of all ties together at the end, but I was still left wondering why those things were included. They didn’t add enough to the story to make it worthwhile, and it took a lot of screen time away from the main story. Overall, Virtuous has an interesting story line that is uplifting in many ways, but the cluttered nature of the film can make it difficult to enjoy.

 


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)