L.N.D.N Marathon Movie #5: Rainbow Eyes (2007)

Is the killer a man or woman?

 

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 Words by: Desmond “Neo” Childs

It’s been a long week. There’s no rest for the wicked, and unfortunately for you that idiom feels like a double-edged sword. You’re a cop. A quiet, dusty little bar serves as your local “watering hole” and you look forward to things finally winding down. There’s a pretty little number in a black dress on stage singing her rendition of Frank Sinatra’s My Way. It’s nothing special, but the little tune fits within the dated, quaint bar you’ve become accustomed to. Suddenly, you get a phone call–there’s been a murder. Great, there goes your quiet Friday. But let me ask you something, alright?

What would you say to me, if I told you that the new case could compromise your place at the department. Well, detective?

Rainbow Eyes is a murder-mystery centered around an inspector and his detectives investigating a couple of grisly murders. Initially the killings seemed unrelated, until further digging uncovers that both victims had backgrounds with the military. I won’t go into any more detail about this film simply because I feel as if it’s the must-watch of the marathon series. Director Yun-ho Yang grips the helm of this feature film and steers it toward a seedy, dark and brooding drama about rape, sex, and gender. For a director probably most famous for helming the television dram Iris, Yun-ho Yang seems to have already been comfortable with developing engaging crime dramas.

 

Wait. Huh?

Yes, I said sex and gender. As in how abusing one could cause the other to be put into question. And that is precisely what this story grapples with–Does love transcend gender? We all know the answer to that is clearly yes, even if some of us have to set aside our moral opinions. Homosexuality is featured prominently as the investigative team dig deeper, and when it’s revealed how horribly perverse certain people are–the movie switches from being a slow-burn detective story toward a fast-paced thrill ride. The killer isn’t who you’d expect it to be, and that my friends is a pretty sizable understatement.

To end the movie marathon on such a note is truly satisfying, and I’m curious about where the opinion of others stands on this film. The thrill of the hunt is capitalized on here, and although the majority of the film features lead characters juggling work life and personal woes–I never grew tired of the case at hand. I will say that I found it interesting that a particular character’s homophobia was targeted and exposed for dramatic effect. I wondered if it was magnified to be brought back up again later in the movie, but it appeared to simply have been present to confirm how much of a simpleton the character appeared to be. We all know there are people who chose to hate homosexuals and aren’t afraid to express that hate in a violent way. Again, I’m not sure why this needed to be beat over the side of the audience’s collective conscience. I honestly cannot think of anything else that felt tacked on, as even the sub-plots take major  prominence by story end.

I’ll be back next week with the Late Night, Date night movie marathon wrap-up, along with a brand-new episode of SVRadio. I still need to come up with a name for the award show too, but I’m working on it believe me.

[Watch ‘Rainbow Eyes’ Here On Hulu.com]

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