I suppose that Colin Ferril has a clause in his contract that he has to appear fully frontal and nude in every film that he is in. Geez, I think that we might have another Ewan McGregor on our hands.
This film also introduced me to a new word; I have not learned any new words lately so this is fantastic. Triage is the act of admitting patents on the basis of severity. This is where the film’s emotional center lays, picking who to treat and who not to treat. This is scary and hard to watch most times during the film but as a victim of this once at a walk-in clinic. I was suffering from pneumonia about two years ago and then I kept being passed over for more critical problems (I did see three sets of severed fingers that day).
Now for a synopsis yippppppeeeee.
War photographers are screwed up. Dissociation makes them able to get up close and personal with their cameras while apparently never reaping the affecting disturbance that such relationship might bring upon you. Walsh (Farrell’s war photographer protagonist) has returned home, a physical and mental wreck, and is placed in the care of his girlfriend’s renowned psychotherapist grandfather; Dr. Morales. Dr. Morales confronts Walsh about his utilization of his camera as a “filter” for shocking experiences. These comprise unforgettable memories Walsh carries around, nightmares as well as a flash of a child being shot right in front of Walsh. Although Walsh is surrounded by a network of friends (including his buddy David, who “disappears” in Kurdistan, leading to his breakdown), Walsh still falls in a psycho-physical spiral.
I never really took Colin Ferrell all that seriously as an actor. I really should give all of his work another look. He just nails it carrying all of the film’s sadness right in his face. The really amazing performance in this film belongs to Kurdish Dr. Talzani (Branko Djuric). He plays god but would rather not (unlike most characters that make life and death decisions). The moments that his is walking by wounded soldiers placing a card on them to note which ones he might be able to save and which ones he will not be able to save are gut wrenching.
Now, I must note that the performances in the film are much better than the actual film, it bored me quite a bit. The story telling was a bit non-linear and I understand that was so reveals don’t really get spoiled but I think that it would have worked with this character very well. The guilt would have unsettled the audience and been more engaging.
B-Roll footage – Some interesting behind the scene footage of some of the locational stuff.
Making of Triage – It was nice to see a director so committed to his project.
Soundbites – Clips of interviews about the movie, meh too long.
Overall this is an excellent series of performances however the rest of the movie falls short. It is shot well and looks great and you can really see the passion in this film.
Triage [Blu-ray] is available for purchase at Amazon.com and other DVD & Blu-Ray retailers.
Ratings are based on a 5-star scale
Overall: 3.5 blue cards out of 5
Review by Bro’ B – Ben
We received a copy of this title for this Blu-Ray Review. We were in no way compensated and all opinions are strictly our own.