- Paranoid Park (film)
name = Paranoid Park
caption = Theatrical release poster
Gus Van Sant
Charles Gilbert Neil Kopp
Gus Van Sant
Gabe Nevins Taylor Momsen Scott Patrick Green
editing = Gus Van Sant
March 7, 2008
runtime = 85 min.
language = English
budget = $8,000,000
gross = $4,419,603
website = http://www.paranoidpark.co.uk/
amg_id = 1:379148
imdb_id = 0842929
"Paranoid Park" is a 2007
drama filmdirected by Gus Van Sant. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Blake Nelsonand takes place in Portland, Oregon, United States. The story revolves around a teenage skateboarder who accidentally kills a security guard. "Paranoid Park" premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festivalas one of 22 films in the competition, and won the 60th anniversary prize. [ [http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070527/ennew_afp/entertainmentfilm_070527193318 Yahoo! 2007 Cannes Festival] ]
Gabe Nevins), a 16 year old skateboarder, rides a freight trainclandestinely, together with a man named Scratch ( Scott Patrick Green) whom he has just met at the Eastside Skate Park, known to the local skateboard community as "Paranoid Park". While the train is moving a security guard working at the rail yardnotices the pair, chases after them, and tries to get them off by repeatedly hitting Scratch with his flashlight. In the affray , Alex hits him with his skateboard and the guard, losing balance, falls onto another track into the path of a second, oncoming, freight train which cuts him in half.
Alex tries to destroy some of the evidence: he throws his skateboard into the
Willamette Riverfrom the Steel Bridge, and when he arrives at his friend Jared's house, he disposes of the clothes he had been wearing.
Some time later, while Alex is attending school, he and several other students who skateboard are called to the school office. There they are questioned by a police officer named Detective Liu. It is revealed that the
policehave recovered Alex's skateboard, though they have not traced it back to him, and have identified DNAevidence which places the skateboard at the scene of the security guard's death.
Throughout the film Alex keeps the incident to himself, and does not confide in anyone else. However, one of his friends, Macy, notices that he is worried about something. She advises him to write down whatever it is that's bothering him, for a
catharticrelease if nothing else. He is initially opposed to the idea, but eventually writes an account around which the story and its narration are based. After completing the written account, Alex burns it.
Gabe Nevinsas Alex
Taylor Momsenas Jennifer
Scott Patrick Greenas Scratch
* Jake Miller as Jared
* Lauren McKinney as Macy
* Daniel Liu as Detective Richard Lu
The film received favorable response from critics. As of
August 14, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoesreported that 75% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 102 reviews. [cite web|url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/paranoid_park/ |title=Paranoid Park - Movie Reviews, Trailers, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes |accessdate=2008-03-07 |publisher= Rotten Tomatoes] Metacriticreported the film had an average score of 83 out of 100, based on 27 reviews — indicating "universal acclaim." [cite web|url=http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/paranoidpark |title=Paranoid Park (2008): Reviews |accessdate=2008-03-07 |publisher= Metacritic]
Paranoid Park is scheduled for DVD release in Canada on July 22, 2008. [http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0018RCN9K] Paranoid Park is scheduled for DVD release in the US on October 7, 2008.
* [http://www.paranoidpark.co.uk/ Official site]
* Review at [http://www.riverfronttimes.com/2008-03-19/film/gus-van-sant-returns-to-disaffected-youth-and-shoestring-budgets-in-paranoid-park Riverfront Times] "Gus van Sant returns to disaffected youth and shoestring budgets in Paranoid Park"
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