Julia (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | R | Horror, Thriller
95 minutes /

User Score: 71/100

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A neo-noir revenge thriller centering on Julia Shames, who after suffering a brutal trauma, falls prey...

Julia (2014) is an American thriller horror movie that is 95 minutes long and was filmed in New York City, New York, USA. Director, producer and writer Matthew A. Brown (Crush (2011), Victim (2010), My Father’s Garden (2003)) did an okay job at executing his first full-length movie. The movie contains nudity, sexual content, bad language, violence, rape, suspense and intense moments.

Julia is about Julia (Ashley C. Williams - The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009), Leaving Circadia (2014), Empty (2011)) who was drugged and raped. Piers (Ryan Cooper - Eye Candy (2015), The Great Gatsby (2013), Left Behind (2014)) and his friends raped her and then left her to die. Julia self-harms herself because she had been abused throughout her life by various people. She is a shy plastic surgeon’s assistant that wears glasses and does not involve the police in her recent rape. She feels that the police will not be able to help, and that is why she drinks herself to sleep and cuts herself. Julia overheard a discussion about rape victims getting back power from their attackers. Dr. Sgundud ( Jack Noseworthy - Event Horizon (1997), Surrogates (2009), U-571 (2000), Breakdown (1997)) began counseling Julia and is now her therapist. He began to teach Julia how to target various men so that she will feel as though she has the power or upperhand. Julia has one thing in mind, and that is to get revenge on her rapists. Dr. Sgundud told Julia that if she ever does anything to harm the men that she targets then she will be severely punished. Julia began getting men to kiss her so that they can be caught by their companion. She went on to becoming a darker person that began cutting off male genitalia and killing men without any regrets. I was all for Julia finding her attacker and getting revenge but after seeing Julia turned into a killer made me turn that switch off.

The actors all did a phenomenal convincing job with their roles. The lighting effects, cinematography, visual effects and sets were all good. I gave this movie a score of a five because the storyline was good, but the directorial skills were lacking. The movie had potential, but the screenplay had been done some many times before. It did not have enough meat to make it stand apart from other movies that are similar. I think the director has potential and should make more movies.

About Julia 2014

Title: Julia
Year: 2014
Runtime: 95 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.55/5 stars from 14 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 14
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Jack Noseworthy, Joel de la Fuente, Prashant Rai, Ashley C. Williams, James Henry B., Natasha Romanova, Drew Bongianni, Jennifer Sanchez, Andrew Breving, Jonathan Schancupp, Alexis Bronkovic, Michael Simsek, Bridget Megan Clark, Alex Carmine, Francesca Vuillemin, Rósa Guðmundsdóttir, Tim Wardell, Emily Nicole Hansen, Justin Walker White, Ayako Ibaraki, Matthew William Ellis, Brian Patrick Murphy, Alexander Martin Jones, Tahyna Valentina MacManus, Tahyna Tozzi, Melody Kim, Gabriele Mercadante, Cary Woodworth, Ali Levin, Tahyna MacManus
Writers: Matthew A. Brown
Director: Matthew A. Brown