sheriff starts arresting or killing everyone he meets in and around
the small town of Desperation, Nevada. The group locked in jail
must work to escape and figure out what evil has taken control
of both he and all the animals in the area, who seem to serve
him. Its linked to an abandoned mine, our treatment of immigrant
Chinese in the old West, an ancient evil and oddly enough, God.
was a big fan of the book, and as such I expected to be disappointed
with Desperation, but I wasnt at all. It has been
years since I read it, and that added to my enjoyment because
I didnt remember what happened until the movie reminded
the most part, I was pleasantly surprised.
I frown upon movies where dogs are evil, and really hate it when
they have to be killed, as they inevitably are when evil. Just
the same, this one wasnt too offensive to my dog-loving
main complaint was that the story often seemed hurried, explanations
just flew fast and furious and I felt a little spoon-fed often.
It just seemed too convenient, the story would play out before
us for a while, then a guy would say heres whats
and explain most of whats behind the
guess thats often a problem with making a book into a movie,
in the book the explanation was unveiled rather than hurriedly
tossed at us.
being said, the strength of Desperation isnt the
story but the tension. If how the story was paced is the weak
point, it was made up for with the pacing of the action and suspense.
At least three times I yelled, Go motherfucker, go!
when I didnt feel those onscreen were exercising the proper
haste in the face of danger.
weird aspect, though, was how everyone treated a kid who prayed
like he was a freak. As if the US is a secular country and Christianity
is something new and unknown. Either that or he coincidentally
just ended up with a whole group of atheists. Im serious,
the phrase, this God of yours is used about fifty
times. Of course, the book was written before God made Bush president,
so maybe thats the explanation for this social awkwardness.
I liked it. It wasnt by any means on the level with some
of Stephen Kings miniseries, but it was better than many of the
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