The Elephant King

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Seth Grossman's psychological drama The Elephant King concerns two brothers who have very different outlooks on life. Jake Hunt is a scientist working in Thailand who, dissatisfied with much of his life, does little work and lives his life in a state of great excess. He invites his younger brother, Oliver, to visit. Even though the two have a strained relationship, Oliver accepts as he has been suffering from a severe depression. Oliver joins Jake in nights of excess, and falls in love with a girl whom Jake is paying to be nice to Oliver. As the threesome heads toward a tragic conclusion, each brother questions his own motivations for his actions. The Elephant King had its world premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

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  • erhaps a bit of star power, or at least less generic actors in the leads, might have given these underdeveloped siblings more credence or appeal.

    Oct 24, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Director-writer Seth Grossman provides a lazy narrative, with stereotypical characters and plot. You just know what's going to happen, although the statuesque Faivre might take your mind off the shortcomings.

    Oct 17, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • There is in fact an elephant in The Elephant King, but his keepers are far from royal.

    Oct 17, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Naïveté drives the characters and the filmmaking -- a lethal combination for a movie that's desperate to come across as world-weary and wise.

    Oct 15, 2008 | Rating: 2/6
  • Equivalent to a crummy band with a monster of a drummer who convinces you to stay for the whole show anyways.

    Oct 15, 2008 | Full Review…
  • ...ultimately unable to live up to the relatively promising nature of its setup.

    Feb 4, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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