Yesterday evening I attended the premiere of the movie Gasp for my review this week. However, after I finished watching the movie. I couldn't help but feel unhappy with my movie choice---I would have been much happier if I'd stayed at home and had a good sleep last night.
I can't really write a synopsis of the film without refering to the Internet, because the movie intentionally makes itself obscure and elusive.
It tells a story of two businessmen from China and America who are both about to go bankrupt, so they wanted to let the other side take over their financial mess. But the language barrier and cultural differences hamper smooth communication, which should be a recipe for lots of laughs.
But the story is no more than a long rambling joke whose humour derives from its pointlessness. The bankable movie star Ge You plays a leading role in the movie and his awkward English triggers comic effects from the outset beginning. THe problem is that this trick is played again and again throughout the movie and soon I got quite bored with it.
Maybe you could call Gasp a pioneering or art movie because these movies usually claim they refuse to succumb to market taste, so their incomprehensibility is intrinsic to the plot. But Gasp advertises for patrons desperately and repeatedly. The over the top product placement and all-star line-up make it no different from a commercial one.
The movie sucks in the extreme in its cutting and editing. Every scene comes out abruptly as a standalone and most last for a very short time. As a result, the storyline doesn't make much sense and takes you to nowhere when each scene adds up.
After the premiere, I got the chance to ask the director Zheng Zhong one very simple and direct question which had to be asked: what message were you tryitg to convey with this movie? He replied that it is intended to reflect the confusing mindset of modern people.
Well, he was right there! It is truly confusing - and I was confused.
On my movie scale from 1 to 10, I give Gasp a 2.