I realized while watching Distraction that most of my reviews have been positive. Needless to say, Distraction didn’t quite tickle my fancy. First, its about a writer. Writers who write about being writers are unimaginative. They say write what you know but most of the times when a writer writes about writing it just comes out as a poor excuse for a teenage girl’s diary. The act of writing itself is terribly boring. Distraction manages to get over the hump of boredom but I was turned off to it the instant it started with a tight-collared executive criticizing the Ethan’s (Ross Steeves) work and a search for inspiration.
I think the Director of Photography was trying way too hard with this one. While his reality bending slow-motion shots of papers flying in the air or ice cubes clinking into a glass of whiskey have a purpose in the film they come off as heavy handed. The nonlinear storyline works in the film because the entire thing is complaining about how hard it is to write an ending but it feels unoriginal and distracting. Also, films never need a narrator to explain the plot to them.
The whole “multiple endings idea with the story finally ending with the guy going crazy and shooting everyone” just doesn’t do it for me. From the second the film opened you can tell the prostitute is a figment of his imagination. Its a thriller that has no suspense. If you make it to the end, you’re met with a disappointing “I saw that coming”.