A film inspired by the Columbine shootings isn’t necessarily obligated to answer the question Why?, and Gus Van Sant’s Cannes darling, Elephant, doesn’t even try. The director, who cast real students instead of professional actors, attempted to create the faux reality of a tragedy waiting to happen in Anytown, USA. But his movie, more shockudrama than docu-drama – the killers are fascist homosexuals, the mean girls go to the bathroom together to throw up their lunches – turns out to be more inexplicable than the event it reconstructs. EXTRAS Like the proverbial elephant in the room, the bonus features are largely ignored: There’s just the 12-minute ”On the Set of Elephant: Rolling Through Time,” a video scrapbook that you won’t watch twice.
Elephant A film inspired by the Columbine shootings isn't necessarily obligated to answer the question Why?, and Gus Van Sant's Cannes darling, Elephant, doesn...ElephantDramaGus Van SantPT81M A film inspired by the Columbine shootings isn't necessarily obligated to answer the question Why?, and Gus Van Sant's Cannes darling, Elephant, doesn...2004-05-14Alex FrostJohn RobinsonAlex Frost, John RobinsonFine Line Features
Genre: Drama; Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Matt Malloy, Alex Frost, John Robinson; Director: Gus Van Sant; Author: Gus Van Sant; Release Date Wide: 10/24/2003; Runtime (in minutes): 81; Distributor: Fine Line Features
Posted May 14 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Nicolas Cage to star in parental thriller 'Mom and Dad'
- 'The Originals' boss on the casting change you may have missed
- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Ryan Reynolds on his acerbic antihero 'Deadpool'
- Universal wins film rights for 'Gone Girl' author's ghost story 'The Grownup'
- Julie's Diary: 'Vampire Diaries' boss breaks down Damon's big fight scene
- Inside Disneyland's magical Dream Suite
- Oscars 2016: Michael B. Jordan, Daisy Ridley, Cate Blanchett join presenters