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Review: Charming And Playful 'Chlorine' Paints A Harmless, Enjoyable Picture Of Upstate America

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • February 27, 2014 5:12 PM
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Chlorine
“America is not a young land; it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting.” That's the William S. Burroughs quote that opens Jay Alaimo's “Chlorine” but not before we get a close-up of a moustached nose taking a bump of coke to the sounds of uplifting violins on the soundtrack. Quick flashes of some of the major characters clearly hating their lives appear in rapid succession and everything fades to white to reveal Burroughs' quote on evil. But thanks to what precedes and follows those ominously serious words, it's clear that the quote is only an additional ingredient to the stir-fry of energy that Alaimo's message is part of.

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  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2014 10:02 AM
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Chlorine
Greed and hubris is the fabric that spins many stories—just see this year's Best Picture nominees "The Wolf Of Wall Street" and "American Hustle"—with those two qualities serving as the dark undercurrent of ambition. They make for intriguing stories, and co-writer/director Jay Alaimo has one cooking in the upcoming "Chlorine."

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