Julia is one hell of a hot mess. It tells the story of a woman (You guessed it, her name is Julia) who is raped by a group of men and struggles with the recovery, until meeting a small group of women who seek out rapists to inflict their own brand of Justice on them.
The movie makes a lot of questionable decisions in the way it tells it’s story. Julia begins the movie a shy, daggy, glasses-wearing prude and not long after being sexually assaulted, instantly becomes a dark, mysterious sexual goddess who no longer needs her glasses and finds herself an entirely new wardrobe in the blink of an eye. I mean, really? I’m so sure that there’s something incredibly offensive to be found in that character development but I’m so sure I don’t need to spell it out.
Julia awkwardly dawdles through the movie, unsure of herself and what she is doing. She finds power in the suffering of men, which gives the movie an excuse to have a few castration scenes and other genital-related violence. While the special effects are great and everything is wonderfully shot and looks slick, the movie falls closer to “Style over substance”. There’s simply nothing going on here.
In fact, around three quarters into the movie, it seems even the writer’s knew this, because all of a sudden a perplexing sub-plot is added, that forces the movie into a ridiculous final act that made the entire movie feel like it was supposed to be comedic. Rape is a very serious thing, and for the most part Julia is tasteful in how it deals with it, but the ending of the film, despite not being directly related to the rape storyline, is still in a Rape/Revenge film. It was purposely outlandish and almost felt like a slap in the face to the viewer.
The cinematography though, was great. The acting was particularly brilliant as well, especially the performance from “The Human Centipede’s” Ashley C Williams.
All in all, Julia offers a story that’s been played out many times before without breaking away from the Rape/Revenge genre tropes. The atmosphere and mood is overall untouchable however, so perhaps the movie should be viewed as more or less “Arthouse” than a horror movie.
JULIA is now available on DVD in the UK. It is directed by Matthew A. Brown and stars Ashley C. Williams, Tahyna Tozzi, Jack Noseworthy, Joel de la Fuente, Brad Koed, Ryan Cooper, Darren Lipari, Cary Woodworth and Sean Kleier.
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