Tuesday, April 3, 2007

FILM: Talent to Believe

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2007 at 8:55 AM

Despite his humble beginnings — as a Mouseketeer on The All New Mickey Mouse Club — 26-year-old Ryan Gosling has since established the sort of career most actors would envy. In the past few years, he's been able to move between mainstream hits (2004's The Notebook) and acclaimed indie fare (2003's The United States of Leland), even earning a Best Actor Academy Award nomination in the process (for last year's acclaimed but little-seen Half Nelson). Up next for this Canadian actor is the thriller Fracture, co-starring Anthony Hopkins and set for release later this month.

For an early peek at this emerging talent — post-Mickey Mouse Club but before his current run — rent the 2001 drama The Believer. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at that year's Sundance Film Festival (beating out, among others, Memento, In the Bedroom and Hedwig and the Angry Inch), this absorbing drama quickly found itself swept under the carpet after no studio proved brave enough to release it. Acquired by Showtime, the film finally premiered on cable before being screened in a smattering of cities here and there (it was brought to the Queen City by the Charlotte Film Society).

Sparking memories of Edward Norton in American History X, Gosling delivers a magnetic performance — too magnetic, some might argue — as a self-loathing Jew who becomes a persuasive speaker for the Neo-Nazi movement even as he still finds himself struggling against his upbringing. Loosely based on a true story, The Believer isn't about the banality of evil as much as the personality of evil and how it merely takes one measured (if misguided) voice to sway mindless multitudes. And with this stellar performance, Gosling was off and running.


Tags: , ,

Pin It
Submit to Reddit


Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Creative Loafing encourages a healthy discussion on its website from all sides of the conversation, but we reserve the right to delete any comments that detract from that. Violence, racism and personal attacks that go beyond the pale will not be tolerated.

Search Events

Creative Loafing Charlotte Pick

Recover - CBD Roll On by Leef Organics

5% Bitcoin back
Roll-on relief by Leef Organics is a unique roller ball that includes cold-pressed, broad-spectrum whole plant CBD blended with wild crafted herbs, all on a mission to bring relief. Click for product details.
Earn bitcoin for shopping with Creative Loafing Charlotte
items in Creative Loafing Charlotte More in Creative Loafing Charlotte pool

© 2019 Womack Digital, LLC
Powered by Foundation