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[Sundance ’14 Review] ‘Jamie Marks Is Dead’ Lacks Focus and Clarity…

Carter Smith’s The Ruins is beyond underrated, and for whatever reason was crucified by critics during its 2008 theatrical campaign.

Smith’s been quiet after Paramount’s release, secretly filming a new genre film that would premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this past weekend.

Starring Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver, Morgan Saylor, Judy Greer, Madisen Beaty and even The Strangers‘ Liv Tyler, Jamie Marks Is Dead follows a ghost named Jamie who visits a former classmate, drawing him into the bleak world between the living and the dead.

Daley caught the film’s premiere only to leave annoyed by its angst. “Adopting the deliberate, melancholy pace that is a cornerstone of the proud Sundance tradition, Jamie Marks Is Dead wants desperately to be River’s Edge. So bad. In fact, it would probably settle for dinner and drinks with River’s Edge, followed by weepy sex and an in-bed discussion of moody cinematography and teen angst.

There’s a super deep metaphor lurking somewhere in Jamie Marks Is Dead, but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what it was,” he adds speaking to the film’s lack of focus and clarity. “Frankly, I have no idea what the point of [the film] was. Too bad, considering how arduous the journey was.

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