Funnicus at Luna Park (1912)
7 min|Short, Comedy|17 Jul 1913
4.9Rating: 4.9 / 10 from 14 usersMetascore: N/A
Funnicus has made a futile endeavor all day to be cheerful, but conditions will not permit. Seeking forgetfulness, he took his despondent way towards Luna Park, and started to "do" the place thoroughly. An overplump dame was givin...

In the last two decades, the issue of gun violence in the US has become more intense in the film medium. Even now, the victims may continue to fall. Just check the list of shootings in school areas in the US in the last 22 years; this only happens in schools/colleges. The numbers take us by surprise. The world is crazy. The issue of gun violence seems endless. There is no exception, The Fallout, which I consider the best film for this theme.

The Fallout is directed by debutant filmmaker Megan Park, the star of the television series The Secret Life of American Teenager. This film stars talented young stars, including Jenna Ortega, Maddie Ziegler, Niles Fitch, Lumy Pollack, and Shailene Woodley. This week, the 91-minute film was released via the streaming platform Warner Bros., HBO MAX.

Vada (Ortega) is a teenage girl caught in a mass shooting that killed several students at her school. At the incident, he was in the toilet with two students, Mia (Ziegler) and Quinton (Fitch). Since then, Vada has been severely traumatized and close to Mia and Quinton. His family and close associates were not enough to restore Vada’s mental state. Vada began to change his attitude and became familiar with the negative things he avoided.

The result is an exceptional film with an incredibly strong script coupled with the star’s stunning performances. I didn’t expect this film to be this good. The direction style is far from amateurish. The shooting events are not visualized directly but through the perspective of Vada and Mia. Only in one narrow toilet room can we strongly feel the tense and precarious situation. The gunshots and screams further added to the extraordinary horror effect. We have never been separated from the figure of Vada, who was played so brilliantly by Jenna Ortega that all sympathy and empathy is full for her.

Amazingly, Ortega can build strong chemistry with any character throughout the film with different moods. Both with Mia, Quinton, Amelia (sister), the boyfriend, even the psychiatrist. Almost all the scenes are the best, not a single one is missed, and each has its uniqueness. Between the warmth and the dark side of the story, the humorous insertion is cleverly ejected. Intimate and surreal moments are also presented brilliantly through a measured camera perspective. Watching this film is a cinematic experience as well as an extraordinary empathy. After experiencing such a great catharsis, this film is still closed by a very surprising ending and strengthens the film’s message.

The Fallout presents a strong issue about the trauma of gun violence wrapped in an impressive drama that is both warm and gloomy, supported by special performances from its young stars. Watching this film is reminiscent of CODA, who both have a strong family warmth side, but The Fallout is a different experience. On the one hand, you could say it is a political film. This film emphasizes that gun violence that has gone too far must be stopped extremely. We’re not just talking about lives, but thousands of other souls who are “empty” due to the trauma of this unthinkable event. Many films have offered solutions, but without the will of the policymakers, all is meaningless.

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A lifelong cinephile, he cultivated a deep interest in film from a young age. Following his architectural studies, he embarked on an independent exploration of film theory and history. His passion for cinema manifested in 2006 when he began writing articles and film reviews. This extensive experience subsequently led him to a teaching position at the esteemed Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta. From 2003 to 2019, he enriched the minds of students by instructing them in Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory. His scholarly pursuits extended beyond the classroom. In 2008, he published his seminal work, "Understanding Film," which delves into the core elements of film, both narrative and cinematic. The book's enduring value is evidenced by its second edition, released in 2018, which has become a cornerstone reference for film and communication academics across Indonesia. His contributions extend beyond his own authorship. He actively participated in the compilation of the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Volumes 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Further solidifying his expertise, he authored both "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). His passion for film extends to the present day. He continues to provide insightful critiques of contemporary films on, while actively participating in film production endeavors with the Montase Film Community. His own short films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals, both domestically and internationally. Recognizing his exceptional talent, the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival shortlisted his writing for Best Film Criticism (Top 15). His dedication to the field continues, as he currently serves as a practitioner-lecturer for Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts' Independent Practitioner Program.


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