Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Boiler Room was written and directed by Ben Younger, and it is quite clear that Mr. Younger had something personal to say about the a man’s place in the world, however after watching this film I’m not sure what it is. Giovanni Ribisi plays Seth a young man, who continually disappoints his father and partly to appease him, lands a dream job as a New York stock broker. This movie is excellently cast with Ribisi being an unconventional yet believable leading man, his big strength is his normalness allows him to relate to the audience well. Ben Affleck and Vin Diesel were also effectively used a senior brokers that Seth looks up to, which again was very easy to understand as a viewer. The world in which the Boiler Room was set was unique yet grounded, as the cast were shown to be normal New York guys who by becoming stock brokers, have more money than they know what to do with and this inevitably leads to trouble. This film could have been a great movie except for one significant problem, it was either unsure of what it was trying to say or failed to say it clearly. Other than this fault all other areas excel making this film well worth watching especially for young males who I feel will heavily indentify with Ribisi’s Seth.