Northfork is set in the small town, in which it is named
after, in the year 1955. This town is soon to be lost, covered in the
waters of a dam. Some citizens are resisting the demands of
Northforkís city council, though. Theyíre not going to leave their
homes without a fight. In order to make sure that everyone departs
from the town before it is flooded, three teams of two men are sent to
various houses, whose occupants refuse to leave. These teamsí jobs are
to forcefully and effectively persuade everyone who is refusing to
flee from Northfork, to make a living elsewhere. This movie showcases
the stories of many different citizens of this town, emphasizing on
one boy it particular. The story is simple; the symbolism is deep, the
emotions complex. Itís a riveting journey.
Visuals and imagery are obviously one of the
main focuses in Northfork. The cinematography, by David
Mullen, is bleak, beautiful, and multi-layered. The textures of the
look of this movie are what most impressed me. The appearance of this
film make it worth going to, alone. I could gaze at Northfork
for hours on end, and never lose any admiration for it. The way it
works so spectacular, itís magical. It has such a distinct way of
executing its plot, the extreme concentration on the visuals simply
fits. Both of the Polish brothers wrote and produced this film
together; one directed it, and the other is a member of the cast, as
well. Northfork is a showcase of their astounding work,
which is some of the best of the entire year. This is a masterful
accomplishment, on the Polishís parts.
It amazes me that so many critics have
deemed Northfork to be one of the most boring motion
pictures of the year. To be completely honest, this was one of the
most engaging experiences Iíve had at a movie theatre, in a long time.
I was involved in the story, and felt for each of the characters; I
even found myself relating to many of the personalities in this flick.
Make no mistake, Northfork is slow, and takes its time on
every occasion that it needs to. I admired it for doing such, though.
Almost every movie that I see these days has much too fast a pace, and
is cut like some show, taken directly from MTV, and slapped onto
cinema screens. When a movie is pretentiously slow, it can be awful to
view. Iím very happy to be able to say that Northfork is
never pretentious, though. Itís insanely impressive, more
than anything, to watch.
This film does have a few flaws, though.
Most predominately lacking are the performances. While I did like Nick
Nolte, James Woods, Duel Farnes, and Polishís efforts, many of the
actors who play minor characterís work appears to be half-assed. While
I did like the role that was written for her, Daryl Hannah, in
specific, is extremely bland, even though somewhat interesting, in
Northfork. All of the negative features in this flick are
never bad enough to be actually distracting, however. When viewing, I
never really hated one moment of it. Maybe itís not
perfect, but this movie is, without a doubt, pretty damn great.
Northfork is open for many
interpretations, but mainly, itís about death and why most people fear
it. Many of the characters are symbolic of the town the movies set in,
which is always thought-provoking. One of the best of the year, and
inspired indeed, this one stands out amongst the pack. If itís an
often artsy, and very moving picture that will satisfy your
movie-going needs, Northfork is definitely something to