November 01, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

Roger Avary’s floridly startling adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ 1987 novel brings the author’s glibly corrosive vision of elite college thrill seekers to life in a way that can’t be dismissed. Avary plots out every scene with voyeuristic ingenuity, using split screen and reverse motion to create a world in which time is racing forward yet standing still: the eternal present tense of days and nights lived in the zombie pleasure zone. James Van Der Beek, as a slit-eyed dorm stud, proves that he can be an actor of cruel force.

type
Movie
Genre
mpaa
R
runtime
110 minutes
director
Roger Avary
Cast
Shannyn Sossamon,
Swoosie Kurtz,
Kip Pardue,
Eric Stoltz
Studio
Lions Gate Films
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