I heard the sound of something important disappearing. and it didn’t go out with a pop – but a BOOM
Izzy recommended me to go watch Confessions and said it was something I probably would enjoy. So i did on my day of leave. I was quite impressed.
The parallels are worth noting. Boy A and B kill the teacher’s child. Boy B’s mother tries to kill Boy B. Boy B kills his mum. Boy A unintentionally blows his mum up.
While the film involves this woman teacher trying to mindgame her students into killing each other for revenge, she’s actually the most sane. The rest are more WTF. Because the entire movie is about WTF, the WTF-points for each character will effectively sum up the whole movie.
Boy A: who the hell commits murder to attract the attention of his mother? Also, isn’t it a bit extreme to blow up the entire school just cos your mom remarried? In addition, who the hell smashes the head of the only character that sympathises AND THEN PUT HER IN A FRIDGE. Award: Character with the most serious issues.
Boy B: who the hell throws a small girl into the pool just to achieve some thing that the greater Boy A couldn’t achieve? also, how does not brushing your teeth or bathing for half a year make you feel anymore alive? Award: Most angsty character. Screaming all day is normal, but what’s with smearing hiv blood all over the grocery.
Mother of Boy B: Okay fine, your only son is eccentric now, screams and refuses to cut his hair. He’s a murderer too. But how’s that any reason to kill him. Award: Most Creepy Character — i was expecting her to hunt down the woman teacher to her house and slice off her head.
Class monitoress: He’s a psychopath and you’re going out with him?!?!
The new class teacher: actually nothing wtf with him. just a bit stupid in a determined and idealistic way, in the manner of naruto. Looks as though he came out of a J-pop boy band rather than a teacher. Award: stupidest character.
The class as a whole: Bunch of sadists seeking revenge on the two boys who killed their teacher’s daughter, with an actual method of keeping score. Most cunning is sending a note to their friend who has been missing for the past year a card that has KILLER hidden in the writings.
Compared to the above, a woman teacher who lied about injecting HIV infected blood into the milk of the two students counts as quite mild. She deserves credit for her cunningness in sending Boy A’s bomb to his mom’s doorstep. The puzzling part is: how did she know that the class monitoress has been killed… Plot hole i guess.
Overall, very craftily pieced together with a mind blowing effect. I only have one thing to say: it has to be Japanese.