American Mary (2012) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Jen and Sylvia Soska
Starring: Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk
Rated: 18 (UK)/Region: A & B/2×39/Number of dics: 1
Available from Universal Pictures UK
The story follows medical student, Mary Mason, as she becomes increasingly broke and disenchanted with the surgical world she once admired. The allure of easy money sends Mary into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called ‘freakish’ clientele.
For the second film from the “Twisted Twins”, it would appear that the sisters have given us a less Robert Rodriquez type of film and more of a David Cronenberg affair, since it is hard to think body modification without thinking David Cronenberg. But what follows is a film that seems like a mix of different methods and styles as Katharine Isabelle explodes on the screen with a performance that I think will finally make people think of Ginger Snaps second now when thinking about her. There is no question that in between the rape, slicing, and cutting that takes place during this movie’s 103 minutes her performance as Mary might even outshine everything else about the film. It becomes a perfect match between character and actor as we watch Mary get sucked down deeper and deeper into the dark area of underground body modification. And it really is an interesting trip along the way.
While the film does show a more mature side of film-making from The Soska sisters, coming equipped with some very memorable and strange characters, it is in the movie’s ending that I do feel that things ended on a bit of an awkward point. It is hard to pinpoint what I felt was a little off by the film’s ending, but it just seemed like something was missing and as a result it lacked impact when it should have felt much more emotional. But regardless of how you might feel about the ending, it doesn’t sour what we see take place before that point. This is a very dark and twisted tale with the lines between right and wrong somewhat blurred, but I do feel you’ll highly enjoy what you get with American Mary. The end results are some of the most interesting and clever stuff you’ll see on the screen this year.
– Behind-the-scenes (16 Mins)
– An American Mary in London (11 Mins)