Monday, November 14, 2005

Zero Effect

The title of this movie refers to a perfectly executed investigation and intervention by the world's greatest detective -- after a carefully detached, precisely considered case is solved by Darryl Zero -- there are no ripples left in the water, unless of course you look at the bizarre ways that his cases have turned Zero into one of the oddest hermits seen onscreen.

The tone, the pacing, the plot, the performances and the look of the picture all qualify it as a uniquely conceived and executed film, but it is thematic central conceit that I love best -- what does impartial objectivity gain for us and what does it lose for us? -- these questions, played out in the personal life of Darryl Zero, overshadow the well executed whodunit genre that serves as a framework for this quirky and delightful film.

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