Verdict: 2.5 / 5
Even though everyone says you shouldn’t, we all judge a book by its cover. Similarly, with this film, most of us would look at the folder cover art and utter a bored ‘bleh’. For those of us courageous enough to defy the warning signs of mediocre packaging and dared to watch the film inside would be surprisingly pleased with the result. Well, semi-pleased.
Crush is based almost entirely around an injured soccer star who runs all the time and who is stalked, and obsessed over, by numerous girls. Almost the entire cast has been selected from the freshest teen movies and teen orientated series stars so even though the script is sort of boring, the eye candy and fresher faces makes for a nice change.
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Scott Norris (Lucas Till) is a popular high school footballer who, after contracting an injury and working hard at his rehabilitation, becomes a target of some obsessed stalkers. As this progresses, those closest to him begin to feel the effects of this obsession as each one is targeted in turn.
Honestly, this was not the best film ever. Okay, at all. But it was still worth the watch, mostly because of the surprisingly good cinematography. This movie was definitely created with teens in mind. There is almost no real suspense, it was pretty long winded and the pace was flat. There are simply far too many scenes and even though they are well shot and well presented, it makes the movie incredibly long and slow without building much depth within the characters or the suspense. The big surprise twist was pretty predictable to avid thrill seekers but could be surprising to those who do not watch the film with a critical eye. Barring the very first scene that is seemingly the most violent it is almost surprising then that it was given a PG 13 rating for what is quoted as ‘disturbing thematic material, violence, sensuality, some teen drinking, and language.’