Earthquake Bird: Movie Review

"Earthquake Bird" presents powerful performances from its cast stifled by a directionless and spineless narrative. By the time the credits rolled, the film had us heavily questioning what was the point of it all.
Lucy (Alicia Vikander) works in Japan as a translator and meets a photographer named Teiji (Naoki Kobayashi) Soon they develop a relationship. When a new expat named Lily (Riley Keough) arrives, the relationship is tested as Lucy suspects that Teiji and Lily are having an affair behind her back.
We actually get it why this film was green lit. You can really sense its potential as a mystery thriller. Unfortunately, all the build up amounted to nothing really. The psychological and mental breakdowns don't matter at the end game as the story devolves into a basic and predictable mess. On acting alone, the film is a marvel as Alicia Vikander in particular had one powerful performance as a mentally unstable character that had us even questioning what was real and what was imagined. Her character had a deep back story that explained why she has isolated herself in Japan and why she's probably suffering breakdowns on her lonesome. The characters of Lily and Teiji were also well-acted but not us well-developed. As earlier mentioned, all of the hard work by the cast went to complete waste as "Earthquake Bird" never delivers a compelling ending. All of the mystery, clues, and suspense were almost, if not all, unrelated and non-essential to the final reveal.
Rating: 2 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- powerful performance from Alicia Vikander

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the narrative falls flat and the film's biggest question mark

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