Restless review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
A terminally ill teenage girl falls in love with a boy who is obsessed with attending funerals. Together this strange couple encounter the ghost of a Japanese Kamikaze pilot from World War Two.
Starring Alice in Wonderland (Mia Wasikowska) and the late Dennis Hopper’s son (Henry Hopper) Restless is a rather quiet romantic drama which seems to exist solely to allow Waskiowska and Hopper Jr the chance to showcase their talents.
Their performances are fairly impressive but unfortunately the movie isn’t really anything to write home about and as such the pair doesn’t get that great an opportunity to stretch their romantic muscles. It’s not a bad movie but it doesn’t achieve the tragedy and poignancy it was going for; instead it seems to have fallen in the inevitable trap of romantic dramas, the cliché and you wind up with a fairly standard indie romance.
The inclusion of the ghost character (played by Ryo Kase) was an interesting idea but doesn’t fulfil its purpose: being the thing that makes Restless stand out from the crowd. Instead it’s just a bit gimmicky and obvious; everyone learns their lessons from one another and it’s all terribly sad because she’s got this incurable disease that means they’ll never truly be able to reach the beautiful perfection that their relationship promises.
It’s not like that though, instead there’s this sick girl and a boy with a problem with morbidity and they kind of hit it off for an hour or so. I had high hopes when I read the synopsis of this movie but it just doesn’t sparkle the way it ought to and as such isn’t really worth the time.