Jason Rosenblatt’s ‘Vicious‘ tells the story of a stripper that deals with her past and takes life in her own hands. She uses her inner power to overcome male oppressors and even a stalker.
This feature was a great surprise for us. The cinematography is very good, the edit is perfectly done, the score is amazing… basically, we could go as far as saying that this movie is on the right track.
The dialogue – verbal and non-verbal – is very powerful. The strip dancing is not only arousing, but filled with deep and emotional messages. The key of this movie is control. The only way you can control a big group of people, from the dancer’s perspective, is by attracting not only their interest but their attention. When you dance good, you have the power to control the masses, and by controlling the masses you are in control of the whole situations happening near you. As Rosenblatt points out in the director’s statement: “managers hold control of the stage and rules over the dancers, dancers use their bodies to control the customers and customers use their dollars to try and feel in control as each tries to take advantage of the other in a constant vicious battle”. And this never ceases to be true.
In movies like ‘Vicious’, the vice is the primal theme of the movie, and you, as a viewer, learn how to deal with vices. At first, you think you can handle it, and even control it. But it’s not like that. A vice is controlling you from the beginning to the last bit of your life. Rosenblatt’s feature is not only good for pointing out the whole control system, but he foregrounds a chain of power that we rarely have the chance to see in movies. Tons and tons of literary studies have been made based on this matter, but we assure you, no one took it as serious as Rosenblatt in ‘Vicious’.