Friday, May 19

Movie Review: CHOKE (2008)

Film Title: Choke
Length: 1 hr and 32 Mins
Released: 2008
Genre: Comedy & Drama
Rating: R
Where I Got It: Borrowed movie from Friend

A sex-addicted con-man pays for his mother's hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him from choking to death.


I read the book a while ago and I had liked it. It took a while to get myself to actually watch the movie. Not sure why, but I avoided this for a while....well...let me kick myself for that.

This was really good. I loved the cast...I felt they all did a good job bringing the characters to life. I was especially fond of the mom and Victor. They were so funny, but oh so tragic at the same time. 

Honestly, I think that is the whole overall feel of the movie.Funny, but tragic. This whole story really does make you think. I may not have a lot in common with any of the characters but I did connect with them especially with Victor a little not. No - no - not the whole sex addict part, but how he wants to be loved. I think we all can relate to that. Sure, none of us pretend to choke on food to make someone save us. 

FYI there is a lot of nudity and sex in this movie. However, how it was portrayed and filmed in a way that is not awkward or over-the-top. Sure it could offend some people, but what can you do?

I do wish that this had had a bigger budget because it is a unique story and it deserved more attention then it got. Also, I wish it had been longer. I feel there were some important scenes that should've been included especially near the end. The ending felt a little rushed. Good overall, but rushed. 

In the end, a part of me really liked this more than the book. The book was good, but this was great. My only issue was how I felt the ending was a little rushed. The characters were done well. Even with a lower budget, it was filmed and presented well. I do encourage watching this, but I do suggest reading the book first. Out of five stars, I'll give this 5 stars.


Blodeuedd said...

A 5! Huh...interesting

Reece Darlene said...

Glad you liked it, although I find the book far superior. I loved Denny in the movie though. I hated that they misportrayed the mom though, the actress was great but his mom was literally supposed to look likr death, hipbones tenting the blanket and the movie mom just looked like a somewhat older lady so that was disappointing. And yes, the ending was very rushed and personally I think was trash compared to the book. The movie ending really ruined the movie for me. I still like having it but I have no prob turning off the movie before the final scene haha

Carole Rae said...

B, yes a 5 :D

Reece, I totally agree with you about the mom. I blame that partially on the budget. So I think they just focused on her being mentally sick. The ending really did need more time.

vvb32 reads said...

Ooo, sounds good. I'll give the movie a try.

Carole Rae said...

vvb32, I liked it a lot! :)