Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Movie Review: The Bling Ring

Title: The Bling Ring

Year Of Release: 2013

Review Date: May 31, 2013

Rating: R

Running time: 90 minutes

Box Office Gross: $15,553,563

Site Rating: 7 out of 10 stars

"The Bling Ring" is based on the true story of a group of people who broke into the homes of Hollywood stars. The rash of burglaries that occurred were mostly concentrated on mansions in the Hollywood Hills sections of Los Angeles, home to many celebrities. Among the victims of the Bling Ring were Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Orlando Bloom and wife Miranda Kerr.

Lindsay Lohan was particularly upset by the burglaries, but as she has a habit of stealing things from many people and stores, it was just desserts. For a time, some wondered if Lohan was involved in the Bling Ring, as she had given a thief access to a Los Angeles mansion in another incident, where valuable property was stolen, some of which was found in her possession. She returned it and apologized.

Though breaking an entry is a felony, as is stealing valuable possessions of others exceeding $500 in value, parts of this movie was unintentionally funny. For example, when police began arresting members of the Bling Ring, one in particular, Nicki Moore (real name Alexis Neiers) played by actress Emma Watson, started semi-crying for her mommy. I’m sorry, but I laughed during this part of the film. Committing crimes like they’re big and bad, but when the cops show up to bust them it's, "I want my mommy" time is hysterical.

Members of the Bling Ring were sentenced to 1-4 four years behind bars. However, Neiers was sentenced to one year and only served one month in jail, due to overcrowding in Los Angeles jails. Members of the Bling Ring, such as masterminds Nick Prugo and Rachel Lee served more time in prison, due to having been sentenced to four-years behind bars. Hopefully their stint behind bars will keep the entire Bling Ring out of trouble.

The ironic thing about the Bling Ring is they were taking cues from some of the pop culture celebrities they robbed. Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton are very materialistic and have stolen other people's property. Both women have gotten involved in shady business dealings, some of which landed them in civil court, to support their vain lifestyles, while branding themselves successful business women (which neither of them are in any fashion). This is the template they and others in their set have given impressionable people to follow. Then, they were victimized by their own villainy and greed courtesy of the Bling Ring.