DVD Review - The Ghost of Saint Aubin
|Brian Marable is a news reporter|
in "The Ghost of Saint Aubin"
Half, if not all of Carter's scenes are done with Carter talking directly to the camera as if he's doing a news report live on television. Carter acknowledges a cameraman whom we never see. The rest of the movie, the scenes involving Benjamin, is done in a straight-forward manner.
Yet, there is this side storyline where a former convict talks about his girlfriend who mysteriously disappeared. The guy here basically sits and recounts what happened like he's giving an interview. This gave me the thought that this movie should have been done entirely as a mockumentary. It shouldn't have been a comedy. It does have very serious issues, and writer-director-actor Alan Bradley is half-way there, so he might as well have gone all the way and made this whole thing a faux documentary.
Bradley's movie raises a lot of important issues, but that's all it does. It seems as if Bradley is only trying to bring awareness to these issues or the general plight of Detroit, but I get no sense of Bradley's position or what exactly he thinks should be done. By the end, Carter has gone through no arc and has really learned nothing. Neither does anyone else.
One Star out of Five.
Not Rated But Recommended for 14 and Up.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 20 mins.