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One Hour Photo (2002)

R · 96 minutes

Directed by Mark Romanek
Written by Mark Romanek

 · Robin Williams
 · Connie Nielsen
 · Michael Vartan

Review by Dante

The first time I saw One Hour Photo, was when it originally came out in the theatres. Thom and I were unsure of what to see and decided upon One Hour Photo. We figured that, with a cast consisting of Robin Williams, we couldn't go wrong.

We were wrong.




One Hour Photo is quite possibly the most unintelligent movie I have ever seen and this is only the beginning of why it deserves lower than what I gave it.

Welcome to a story you just don't care about... One Hour Photo is a movie about the man who develops pictures, Sy Parish (Robin Williams), who also happens to be a complete lunatic. Sy becomes obsessed with a family he develops pictures for. Predictability is key to absolute boredom and, trust me, this movie is no different. A bad movie is often difficult to review without spoiling but, in all reality, the opening scene gives you the entire plot like a poor man's Quentin Tarantino.

The dialogue is rotten, filled with clichés and unnecessary information such as the amount of magenta on a print. But the dialogue could only be matched by editing and camerawork. It's amazing how foreshadowing can be so poorly done. Obvious camera angles and focusing on particular items will always make an audience aware of what is going to happen. Not to mention, the sound continuously clues anyone in to what is supposed to be a "suspenseful" scene. However, instead of being suspenseful, it made the scene laughable.

Let's not forget that acting... First off, what was Robin Williams thinking by taking a role in such a horrid storyline? But, for the writer’s credit, Williams did NOTHING to make this movie any better. His delivery was so pitiful, I was longing for Keanu Reeves. The one salvageable actor was Gary Cole (Bill Lumbergh from Office Space), who plays Williams’ boss, Bill Owens. The only reason he was enjoyable was because it was pure nostalgia: I laughed every time I saw him. If they could have just got one “uhh..we’re gonna need you to come in on Saturday” the movie would have been a hit but, instead, it was much more of a thud (pardon the pun).




Can you stand to watch 96 minutes of an unbelievably cliché psycho photo-man? I know I couldn't bare it again. To summarize: the plot is slow, the scenes drag on forever, the foreshadowing makes everything obvious. The suspenseful sound is laughable, do I need to say more about why this movie is ridiculously poor? You got it.

A movie that is this fundamentally awful can be nothing but horrific to watch. Every cliché about a psychotic man is used, from the pictures on the wall to the dim-witted stalking techniques. If you follow the story with any grasp on logic, you will see that it is not even plausible. If anyone truly cannot see it, e-mail me, because there are major flaws. The storyline was so inconsistent that it actually contradicted itself. There is no way to follow the story with any interest.

There are so many unnecessary scenes that One Hour Photo could have been a 30 minute short film. I could only see that being a better thing.



Don't buy this DVD, even if you go through our site, because I don’t want to hear how bad this movie is after I had warned you. There are many better movies of this style to waste your money on (See: Psycho).

One Hour Photo is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Some of the scenes are so illogical that it is irritating to see how this became a movie. I’d like to meet the writer/director and question his research, cause it is obvious that it was lacking. This man is, by far, not the Alfred Hitchcock of psychotic thrillers and I’m sure he could never claim to be.

If you can breathe, I'm sure you could have made a better movie.

664 Words · Published: 24 May 2003

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