• Matthew L. Brady

    ★★★★★ Watched by Matthew L. Brady 24 Mar, 2015

    Don't let the title fool you. The movie doesn't have elephant in it, but it has a deep meaning to it that will make your feel like mash after thinking about it to long.

    The story is about high school violence that unfolds on an ordinary school day, inside an American high school, filled with schoolwork, football, gossip and socializing. For each of the students we meet, high school is a different experience: stimulating, friendly, traumatic, lonely, hard.

    Elephant is…

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  • Peelly

    ★★★★★ Watched by Peelly 23 Mar, 2015

    Like the events this film is based on, there is no reason. You may call them kids, and you may say that it is because of guns, video games, movies, etc., but that is just excusing the actions of these people. When you give one of these excuses, you then make it about the things you are condemning, and not the actions themselves. Van Sant understands this. People going about their day is made all the more distressing because you…

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  • Cameron M. Gambas Johnson

    ★★★★★ Added by Cameron M. Gambas Johnson

    One of the most haunting movies you will ever see. The pacing is calm and meandering, allowing us to experience the events as they happen without manipulating us, urging us, or persuading us. It's as close to a documentary a fiction film can get without being a mockumentary.

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  • Anthony Albarran

    ★★★★ Watched by Anthony Albarran 15 Mar, 2015

    A haunting and dreamlike account of a Columbine-like school shooting. I liked how Van Sant used overlapping sequences to show the events of the tragic day from different perspectives.

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  • Malcolm Carr

    ★★½ Added by Malcolm Carr

    Eh.

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  • Konstantinos Kottas

    ★★★★ Watched by Konstantinos Kottas 14 Mar, 2015

    An elephant is a big, herbivorous, harmless animal. A human is a not so big, carnivorous, potentially harmfull animal.

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  • Matthew Bailey

    ½ Added by Matthew Bailey 4

    G V SANT: So listen, let's do a movie about Columbine.

    PRODUCER: Ok.

    G V SANT: Cept its not really Columbine and we won't have any character development. Nothing really happens at all until the shooting at the end.

    PRODUCER: Nothing at all?

    G V SANT: Not one thing.

    PRODUCER: But why?

    G V SANT: Because the audience should not WANT anything to happen. They should not even want to watch a movie about this subject. But they did. And…

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  • feedingbrett

    ★★★½ Watched by feedingbrett 07 Mar, 2015

    Review In A Nutshell:

    So far Gus Van Sant has yet to win me over as a fan, with Mala Noche and My Private Idaho following an artful and laid back approach in its storytelling, and though I think it is great that he has his own sense of style, both proved that it wasn’t for me. Now I am seeing one of his more recent films, Elephant, which possesses that same style of filmmaking but somehow feeling more comfortable…

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  • Jamaal121

    ★★½ Added by Jamaal121

    Interesting approach and I like what Gus Van Sant was going for, but it really doesn't fully work. The lack of professionally trained actors becomes very obvious at many points as the performances are mostly awkward. but it's subtle documentary-esque patience does make for creative tension building.

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  • roadkillturtle

    ★★★★ Watched by roadkillturtle 02 Mar, 2015

    One of the few movies I've seen where I felt such a sense of empathy for the "villain." With amazing cinematography, this movie presents interweaving storylines to tell a tragic story without the trappings of a conventional film that would otherwise dim the emotional impact of this movie.

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  • TheLensOfTruth

    ★★★★ Added by TheLensOfTruth

    4 stars maybe 5 - its sticking with me 3 days later....

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  • Josh Surratt

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Josh Surratt 01 Mar, 2015

    Having watched Slacker (for the first time) recently, it reminded me a lot of this film (which I'd first watched a year ago). The way the narrative flows character to character. The differences being that in Slacker, no character was "important" per se; and the narrative was non-existent (which isn't a bad thing, Slacker is a better film, in my eyes, than Elephant).

    However, I do love this movie. It's so bizarrely unique and interesting. I love that it's more…

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