There is a very big difference between someone holding a camera and shooting what he or she thinks to be a heartbreaking subject only to make use out of it later on and to exploit the emotional side in the fainthearted and someone who really has talent and knows what he or she is doing with the camera and with a promising subject. '52' is placed somewhere between these two categories. Counting from the subject and going straight to the editing, there are many things that oscillate between artificial and natural.
First of all, the movie is categorised as 'drama', but in this case it is very hard to see it. What we considered to be the dramatic moments are indeed the best things this movie has to offer, and that would be the flashback scenes where the acting looks more natural.
The sound editing is poorly made - there is background noise at almost every scene and this could have been fixed beforehand. But, taking in consideration the theme of the film, this can be overlooked – the outdoor scenes are implying background noise to be veracious. We are not sure yet, but this may be the movie with the most steady shots we have seen in our festival so far, however, one of the things we really liked in this film was the soundtrack, neat and at multiple points filling and animating the 'silence' of the long steady shots.
If in the first place we had doubts about the drama '52' claims to be, the vague ending left us with some questions concerning this project. We all agree that you need more than some tears to make a truthful drama, but with the right music and the right actors this can be surpassed and the film becomes justified.
Review written by Vlad A.G