Will Hermes
May 10, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Topsy-Turvy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner
director
Mike Leigh
distributor
USA Films
author
Mike Leigh
genre
musical, Drama, Historical

We gave it a C+

Yes, they’re another Armenian-American heavy-rock band from L.A. with a taste for jump-cut rhythms, Adriatic melodies, and socially conscious lyrics. But where kin System of a Down magnify these idiosyncrasies into Grand Guignol art metal, Apex toss them into the Cuisinart with a cupboardful of familiar hard-rock postures. Despite cool techno-breakbeat touches and the wiggy single ”Shhh…(Hope Diggy),” the result is a semi-engaging sub-System that never quite clicks. Hope diggy for next time. C+

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