Evan Glodell, the director and star of this lavishly lurid youthquake psychodrama, has a true filmmaker’s voice. Shot in a druggy daze of late-afternoon sun, the movie starts as a fever dream about Woodrow (Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson), two buddies fueled by their obsession with the Mad Max films. They’re building a flamethrower (it really works), but when Woodrow falls for Milly (Jessie Wiseman), a sexy-sincere femme fatale, the testosterone nihilism gets drenched in romantic doom. Bellflower is stylishly watchable — even when it’s preposterous. B+
MASS DESTRUCTION Flame-thrower in Bellflower
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama; Starring: Tyler Dawson, Jessie Wiseman; Release Date Limited: 08/05/2011; Runtime (in minutes): 105; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Oscilloscope Pictures
Posted August 2 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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