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Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2

HD   NR Closed Captioning

James Merendino

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About the Movie

Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2, the sequel to the 1999 cult hit SLC Punk, is a punk odyssey through the Utah Hinterlands. Ross, Penny and Crash, three young outsiders from different tribes, embark on a road trip to get to a huge punk show in Salt Lake City. Ross,18, is the love child of Trish and Heroin Bob, who died before Ross was born. During the course of their trip, and with the help of a healthy dose of drugs, alcohol and punk music, Ross shreds his darkly gothic outlook and embraces life. But his mother Trish, who raised Ross alone in her steam punk shop, thinks that he is in crisis and recruits Bob's old SLC gang to help find him. When all collide at the concert, they are forced to deal with their pasts and their unresolved relationships with Bob.

Customer Reviews

It’s a sequel. It’s its own movie.

SLC Punk 2: Punk’s Dead is a good movie that stops just short of being great. It feels slightly rushed and I would have loved to see an extra 15min added onto the run time to allow for a fantastic cast to just do their thing.

I couldn’t imagine anyone else embodying these characters and it’s a shame that the pace of the film didn’t allow them all to feel fully flushed out. The main offender in this regard would have to be Penny. There’s a fantastic and complex character there, but she is just not allotted enough time to show us her full dimension. Now this doesn’t mean she falls flat, on the contrary, I found myself completely enthralled with her "confrontation scene" despite lacking a strong connection to the character at that point. And it just left me wanting more. In fact, I think there are a few tidbits about Penny dropped in that scene, that if flushed out, would make for one hell of a compelling addition to this universe.

The other grievances are all technical. There lots of unnecessary cuts on dialogue heavy scenes and perhaps the choppiness of these scenes adds to the quick feeling of the film. This could have been alleviated with some clever camera work, good framing(which is present, just underused) and a stronger reluctance to cut. Out of that context, the harsh cuts and the editing choices in general give Punk’s Dead a slightly chaotic and wholly contemporary tone that strongly harmonizes with the underlying tone of the film.

Punk’s Dead is a great movie that does justice by its characters and its fans. But it feels rushed and, to some, will appear hampered by minor technical grievances. Despite these shortcomings SLC Punk 2: Punk’s Dead is quite the experience to long time fans and newcomers alike. Besides, these are small, understandable, issues that could have manifested a number of ways. And whatever is to blame, be it a tight budget, or deadline, or whatever other complications are sure to arise with an indie production of this magnitude, this is our final product. And Punk’s Dead has a lot of good stuff going for it, so please buy Punks Dead, enjoy it, share it, and talk about it. That way we may just have a shot at getting something even better next time.

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Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2016

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