The Burning Plain
The Burning Plain – Movie Review
A drama with a two-tiered storyline concerning a mother (Basinger) and daughter (Theron) who try to form a bond after the young woman’s difficult childhood.
“The Burning Plain” is a movie that is told — it’s not even in flashback, because it’s not clear where you are at any particular point. It’s obviously passionately felt, probably autobiographical, and has a great cast, including Kim Basinger, Charlize Theron, a whole bunch of really great actors from Mexico, some faces that you’ve seen as good guys or bad guys in other films. The story again is told in flashback without you really understanding that it’s in flashback. My sense about this is if you’ve got a good story to tell, just tell it, and trying to confuse the audience about what things were happening and what the connections are is kind of a cheat. The movie is very predictable. There’s some great performances, mostly by Charlize Theron, who is really not only incredibly beautiful and has a bunch of scenes where she’s actually nude, but is a really good actress. Kim Basinger looks good. I’ve never thought she was much of an actress, and doesn’t do anything to offset that perception here. I don’t know what to tell you about the story; it’s emotional. Told as a straightforward story, it may have worked better. It involves adultery and an abandoned child, and sex, love, I guess rock and roll. Among other problems, you really don’t care much about any of the characters except one, which you know nothing about. Two stars.