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Brothers struggle to survive in ‘The Motel Life’

The Motel Life


There are films that come along that take a genre and try to do something different with it in hopes to make it stand out. The latest, The Motel Life not only features a great cast including Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, and Dakota Fanning but does it bringing anything new to the table to make itself stand out or should you do an early check out.

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The Motel Life follows two brothers who are forced to leave Reno after being involved in a hit-and-run accident. The story here is a bit all over the place in hopes to create a more intriguing story. At times it works and other times it just becomes a bit annoying. What helps it move forward in a unique way is the use of animation when one of the brothers tells one of his stories. The art style lends itself to the turmoil these characters are facing and helps to take you out of the average film and into a more surreal story. The non-animated parts struggle a bit from time to time to keep it interesting but the performances help to keep if from falling too flat. There is an intriguing tale between these two brothers here, but it never gets the chance to let it unfold as it spends too much time bringing in information that doesn’t push the film forward.

This is far from a horrible film and sports great performances from both Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff, but has them being wasted in a film that never fully grabs your attention. This film sports just enough artsy nature due to the animated segments that it might resonate with some so give it a shot and find out for yourself.