Fierce People Movie Review
Anton Yelchin, Kristen Stewart, Chris Evans, Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland star in Fierce People, an anthropological look at the complex system that is known as the upper class elite. Entertaining and relatively interesting, the movie accomplishes what it set out to do, though it fails to reach the next level.
Fierce People follows a teenager named Finn (Yelchin) who moves out to the countryside with his mother Liz (Lane) to live with a rich family headed by Sutherland. While everyone assumes that the millionaire is screwing around with his new lady friend, Finn befriends the man's grandchildren (nieces and nephews?), Bryce (Evans) and Maya (Stewart). The three instantly hit it off (in more ways than one with Maya), but the strange family dynamics of the elite catch Finn by surprise. As things become more complicated and potentially dangerous, Finn finds himself stuck in a powder keg, ready to explode.
Fierce People is a great little drama, full of odd little things and an entertaining storyline. While the film never really goes anywhere, its story is intriguing enough to keep you interested. In addition, the cast is great. I'm a big fan of Kristen Stewart, not only because she's pretty hot but is also turning into a fine young actress. Amazingly, Chris Evans continues to surprise me despite the Fantastic Four movies (in which he's the highlight). Yelchin, who will appear soon in the much anticipated Charlie Bartlett, also does a good job. While neither Lane nor Sutherland are bad, it's a shame to see them once again choosing roles that don't stretch or even meet their capabilities. Lane's character is particularly boring, while Sutherland seems to have been relegated to bland supporting roles for the rest of his career.
My only complaint with the film is that after a while, it loses a bit of steam. The movie ends about how I expected it to, and it isn't a particularly memorable or interesting ending at that. A good ending could have really made Fierce People something; instead, it's a decent drama that will be forgotten in a year.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.