Sunday, October 9, 2011

Review of Rise: Story of Rave Outlaw Disco Donnie

Rise: Story of Rave Outlaw Disco Donnie
The video was poor quality about 85% of the time, extremely pixelated especially when in dark or fast moving situations, which is almost the entire movie. The music is OK, not great because nothing was really featured but the same steady beat repeatedly, with a few spices thrown in here & there--that beat was IT & it hit hard, all I can say for it. The movie definitely does NOT tell anything about Donnie Disco, and is misleading in its title to say so, in fact one doesn't know what role he played in this event even after watching the movie (he's a party promoter? I thought he was supposed to be a DJ? Very confusing). I wish there had been more focus on the dancing & the actual experience of the rave, without all the blurry pixelated video or the so-called special effects, or the useless interviews. The previews & the summary or description for this movie is untrue to the point of being nearly bait & switch--maybe if you go into this with NO expectations at all, you may get some small satisfaction but even that is doubtful. I truly wanted to know & experience the rave culture, and after watching this, I still have no solid idea what it was about, nor did this make it seem attractive. Perhaps if they had followed fewer people, focusing more on a few key players instead of trying to cover too many, the movie may have succeeded, not to mention the Mardi Gras footage which didn't belong in this film, didn't add to it & in fact seemed more like padding to fill the time out. Don't waste your time on this unless you truly have nothing better to do, because even the music sucks, the video is awful quality, there's no organization or plot to this, not much to recommend it. Sad to say.

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