Shame

Well, inquiring minds want to know what the nude scenes are like with Michael Fassenbender. I’ll tell you, he does his ancestry proud. Question is: did I need to see the lanky dangling reveal … and so often! Having said that, this is an engaging film but no one gets engaged because it’s about a sex addict who gets freaked out by commitment. Too bad there isn’t enough character development to make it humanly worth something.

Shame (2011)
NC-17 | 1h 41min | Drama | 13 January 2012 (UK)

A man’s carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.
Director: Steve McQueen
Writers: Steve McQueen, Abi Morgan | 1 more credit »
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale

Steve McQueen is our director, he did the amazing powerhouse film “12 Years a Slave” an a whole lot of other unknown and short films. I feel he must have had some personal reason for making this film. It certainly raises awareness that people can become detached as sex addicts. Maybe it says a bit about how we all are somewhat detached. This man casts his sister out (Carrie Mulligan) because she threatens his sexual conquests and peace of mind. Is that his right? I kind of thought maybe it was? Anyway, McQueen has made something profane here and not entirely helpful in my opinion. It is more than average entertainment though I must admit.

I wanted more history of the family they grew up in. What made Fassenbender’s character turn out this way. Why was she a cutter? Were they both sexually abused? There is nothing to get a hold of as far as character development. It starts with the sex and ends with the blood. There isn’t even a conclusion to explain what Fassenbender’s character has learned from it all. Oh and this all could have been achieved without nudity and graphic sex that required a NC-17 rating. If I were you, I wouldn’t waste my time on this one. 5/10

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