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Pure (2002)

  Directed by: Gillies MacKinnon
Written by: Alison Hume
Starring: Harry Eden, Keira Knightley, Molly Parker, David Wenham
Links: Pure on the IMDb
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Fairly forgettable" - a review by pearly

Pure is a fairly low budget film that slipped through the cracks down here in Australia, but I cottoned onto it at the video store because it has a photo of David Wenham on the cover, and I think he's cool. It's notable as one of his early forays into the non-Australian filmmaking industry. Other than that, though, it's not particularly notable.

It is about Paul (Harry Eden), a 10 year old boy whose mother Mel (Molly Parker) is a heroin addict. Because of their home situation, Paul is forced to grow up very fast as he and his brother go through the overdose of his mother's best friend, being moved between his home and his grandparent's home, and dealing with his mother's dealer (Wenham) when she is not able to.

In between all this, Paul befriends a waitress named Louise (Keira Knightley), and with her, he is led further into the kind of lifestyle that his mother is leading.

The acting in Pure is decent. Barely anyone puts a foot wrong in this regard. The story is a little, shall we say, run-of-the-mill, meaning it's entirely possible to watch the film and be neither impressed or unimpressed upon its completion. That's just the thing about it. I just sat and watched it, and didn't feel very strongly about it either way. Just... meh.

So, onto something else. Can anyone explain to me the reason why, as an extra on the DVD for Pure, there is a making-of documentary for the movie Revelation (2001)? As far as I can tell, these two movies have nothing in common. They're not directed or written by the same person, and they don't have any overlap in cast. It doesn't make any sense! Pure is a drama about a family, and Revelation, from what I can tell, has something to do with alchemy. I sat and watched the making-of for about fifteen minutes, trying to unravel this mystery before I gave up in confusion. Someone solve the riddle for me, please.

pearly gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 27 Jan 2004

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  1. I think PURE was a great movie.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Jessica Hartzler on Thu 02 Jun 2005 10:00 #

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