I have read a few of the comments already posted, and am amazed that no one has mentioned the fact that this movie if effectively telling the story of Holden Caulfield. I have heard in the past that many people have looked at turning The Catcher in The Rye into a movie, but have found it difficult as most of the book is spent inside Holden's head. Chapter 27, so named because The Catcher in The Rye has only 26 chapters, is telling the story of The Catcher in The Rye as well was the Story of Mark David Chapman who was apparently obsessed with the book. This is a dark film, and very few <more>
people will leave the cinema with a big smile on their face, but I certainly recommend seeing it, especially anyone who has read The Catcher in The Rye.
Chapter 27 had become one of my favorite movies. I rented the movie just out of curiosity and it turned out to be a masterpiece! Then got it on DVD myself.It's an amazing story. I can relate to it. Not that I wanna shoot my idols or anything like that. Just the way the guy acts. The way he feels. I love the book The Catcher In The Rye and the fact that the movie is made around that is fantastic. You get such a warm feeling when you hear the guy talk. I feel like I wanna protect him. The acting of Jared Leto Wow! He's so deep. The way he's this geeky humble kinda guy who's <more>
almost living The Catcher In The Rye. The way he feels that John Lennon has betrayed him but still is a fan a heart. He plays the mental and confused guy so amazingly that it takes my breath away. The directing is fantastic too. It's really capturing the atmosphere. And the coloring works so well. This is a movie that, by most people, will be looked down on. You know for portraying a man who killed a legend. But in some years this is going to be a cult classic. It's an art movie and it's hard to understand if you don't see it. I mean like really SEE it. It's beautiful and people should really give it a chance. Watch it. SEE it!
Chapter 27 won't meet everyone's taste. It accomplishes its job, a disturbing look into the life of Mark David Chapman. (by jdtoyshow)
Chapter 27 stars Jared Leto as Mark David Chapman, the murderer of John Lennon. Recently, I've gotten more into the Beatles, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon himself. Everyone knows about the murder, but not the story behind it. Chapter 27 does a terrific job telling the story. The only Jared Leto movie I've ever really seen was Suicide Squad and, hate me as you will, I was pretty impressed. Jared does NOT disappoint in this movie. I've seen interviews with Chapman, and Leto completely nailed it. I never thought I'd say this, but Lindsay Lohan was really good! This movie is a <more>
true masterpiece. It may not be the complete truth, but it gives you the story. Jared Leto's Mark David Chapman feels like a real person, not a character. This is one of the best biopics I've ever seen. Chapter 27 isn't supposed to be fun or a good time...it's putting you into the mind of the sick-man that is Mark David Chapman. You listen to the tortured, obsessive, thoughts as he rambles on and on. The script is written terrifically. The editing really fits the story.John Lennon's murder is one of the saddest things I've ever heard, and I'll run you through it briefly: Mark David Chapman was abused as a kid. He turned to music to seek refuge from the real world. Who'd he listen to? The Beatles. He began to fantasize about having king-like power over a group of imaginary "little people" who lived in the walls of his bedroom. Over time, Chapman developed a series of obsessions, including the novel: The Catcher in the Rye, and the Beatles' front-man, John Lennon. Though Chapman idolized Lennon, he turned against The Beatles after becoming a Christian. He was angered at Lennon's comment saying that they were "more popular than Jesus.", a comment Lennon apologized for a few days later. Chapman also said that he had a hit list of people in mind, including David Bowie, Johnny Carson, Elizabeth Taylor, and more, but John Lennon seemed to be the easiest to find. Mark flew into New York in December 1980, intending to kill Lennon. Around 10:50 p.m., the Lennons' limousine returned to the Dakota, where they were staying. Lennon and Ono got out, passed Chapman and walked toward the entrance of the building. He softly called out "Mr. Lennon.", Chapman fired, and dropped into a crouched position. Five shots were fired from a .38 special revolver, four of which hit Lennon in the back and left shoulder, puncturing the left lung and left subclass artery. Chapman remained at the scene, reading The Catcher in the Rye, until the police arrived. John Winston Lennon was pronounced dead 11:07 p.m. at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center.The movie in no way glorifies Chapman. He is presented as the pathetic loser, as he actually was. Coincidentally, Mark Chapman plays John Lennon. No, this is not a joke. Chapter 27 won't meet everyone's taste. It accomplishes its job, a disturbing look into the life of Mark David Chapman.
Not light summer entertainment, certainly (by LilithOfSherwood)
I wasn't sure what to expect of this movie, given the reviews that were all over the place. I was prepared for it to be dark, and for the narrative to not necessarily be straight-line. But... I wasn't prepared to like it as much as I did.Yes, the movie doesn't give you any answers, that much of the criticism is true. But in the end, I think it's more satisfying that way. We get a little glimpse at a person who committed an inexplicable act, and maybe know a little more about him, but in the end, do we really understand? No. And that's fine. Sometimes we just DON'T know <more>
the answers to everything.Jared Leto's performance is amazing, and well worth seeing even were the movie much worse than it is. He goes to some other place entirely, and shows us what it's like there - which, in my mind, IS great acting. Lindsey Lohan is quite good in her role, but the part is very limited - the movie belongs to Jared.It's a shame this movie wasn't seen more widely; it certainly deserves to be.
Great Cast + Great Cinematography Chapter 27 (by Davi_Silva)
Sorry for my English.First I wanted to say that I only watched this movie for Lindsay Lohan! I don't care for what people say, but I'm fanatic for Lindsay and for everything she has done.So... I started watching it in my house, alone and I was actually impressed with the movie, because it was so good. When you're watching it, you can't take your eyes out of the screen, because you always want to know what comes next and that's really good and works very well in Chapter 27.The acting was brilliant, Jared Leto was amazing as the John Lennon killer, Judah Friendlander was <more>
great and Lindsay was also amazing, sadly she doesn't have a lot of screen time, that's what disappointed me non-Lohan fans will definitely disagree with me .With a great cast and a great cinematography with very beautiful shots, Chapter 27 is a great drama with a bit of suspense. I had a great time watching it, you will definitely have a great time too. Just forget the fact that Lohan is in the movie and watch it, you won't regret it!9/10
Chapter 27 is a film that depicts the murder of John Lennon.It involves the story of assassin,Mark David Chapman during the days leading into the said event.Jared Leto stars in the film as Chapman.He was committed in the role ala Robert DeNiro in Raging Bull by gaining 67 pounds to match the real Chapman's physically.Added to that,he also tried his best to provide the viewers what's inside the psyche of the man behind the murderer particularly his obsession on J.D. Salinger's novel entitled "Catcher In The Rye" especially on its theme about the insincerity and <more>
inauthenticity of the adult world in which he found in the ex- Beatle.Lindsay Lohan co-stars in this film written and directed by Jarrett Schaefer that was based on based on the book Let Me Take You Down by Jack Jones.Leto did a wonderful job playing as Chapman.The viewer will definitely be impressed with his characterization especially when he impressed upon the person watching this film that he is psychologically impaired especially when Chapman totally assumed Holden Caulfield and the events that are happening in his life towards his assassination of John Lennon as being eerily similar to the events of Salinger's novel.While there is nothing I can say negative about Leto's performance,too bad that the movie was far from interesting and compelling as there parts that were somewhat draggy and boring.Also,we never really fully discover influence and reason behind the psyche of Chapman as we only get to see his acts of lies and deceit only during the last days leading to the death of Lennon.In the end,watch the movie for Leto's performance alone.
Chapter 27 is one of the most visually stunningly films I have seen in a long time. The hauntingly beautiful cinematography comfortably blends it's self with the evocative soundtrack. Jared Leto surprised me with such a challenging and compelling roll and with this competent portrayal of the notorious Mark David Chapman, he really proves him self as a character actor. Everything from his schizophrenic mannerisms to the morbid confusion in his eyes; Leto is just incredible. Lindsay Lohan's role in the film, is essential in developing Chapman's awkward disposition when it came to <more>
interaction with other people, especially women. Lohan's role, although small, is an important one and she plays it well. The city of New York also plays an important role in Chapter 27, with it's bitter isolation and apparent lack of moral integrity. A languid soul can be in a city full of thousands of people and still feel completely alone. It's important to remember when watching this film that Mark David Chapman was no evil genius - he was a schizophrenic sociopath. The reason this film doesn't offer much of an insight into Chapman's motive behind this horrible assassination or into "the complicated mind of a killer"; is because there isn't one. And the reason his past and childhood isn't included in the film is not only to admit some things that could be seen as being sympathetic towards him eg: a sexually abusive past etc , but also because it quite simply doesn't matter or explain anything. Chapman was and is quite simply, mentally disturbed and it isn't hard to tell this, even if you only know the basics about him. Most of the things we know about Chapman's thoughts and actions leading up to Lennon's assassination, we know only from his personal accounts and given his obviously disturbed state in general, these accounts may or may not be what really happened. The rest can be taken from accounts of interactions held with people such as telephone conversations with his wife or conversations with other "fans" also gathered outside The Dakota. Chapter 27 gives us a fairly subjective view of Chapman and his actions. They haven't sensationalized anything and have made a good realistic representation of the events of the assassination and the state of mind of the perpetrator at the time. In so much as people being upset about a film representation being made about the death of someone as beloved as John Lennon, I don't think this film is even slightly disrespectful to the memory of John Lennon. It's not exploring what happened to Lennon on the days before he died, it's exploring what happened to Chapman. It's more about him that it is about Lennon. This in a strange way, is more respectful to Lennon that people might think. There's a certain morbid beauty to this film that comes out mainly through the incredible cinematography and the creative direction. J.P. Schaefer does a very good job for a first time writer/director. It's a shame this film won't get as much exposure as it deserves.
First of all, I'd kindly like to request that you'd excuse my English. To my own frustration it's still way too flawed and I have a feeling much of my comments get a 'not useful' for the grammatical errors, keep in mind that the large majority of Americans doesn't know a second language, I know 4.'Chapter 27' stirred up a lot of Hollywood buzz, sadly enough more so for Leto's transformation than for the subject matter at hand. I bleak compared to a lot of the very fine reviewers here, but in my circle of friends I'm known for having some knowledge of <more>
cinema. I've usually got a nice, clean description for them when they consult me about a hot new movie, but in the case of 'Chapter 27' I was torn between these two: 'a missed opportunity' or 'compelling and a tour de force performance by Leto'. It let me down at first, seeing that I was expecting an insight in the mind of the infamous killer and some new useful info about the incident. Instead, what I saw can be considered pointless and trivial.When I gave the movie another spin, I focused more on how well the film was as a technical piece of art, acting included since I consider it no more than device for the narrative. Just because the film turned in another direction than I, and I'm sure a big chunk of the audience with me, expected doesn't take any merit away from the movie itself as a piece of art. Some may argue that art must always be considered in relation with the contemporary society, the cultural relevance and so fort. I've always disagreed with that acclaimed point of view. Art can and does stand on itself, and always has. Seeing that there is no absolute truth, especially not in the media, besides what some may say the present and past media have shared their love for half truths and flat out lies. Well, seeing that there is no absolute universal truth, why can't 100% fictional art be as or more important and relevant than non-fictional. I do have a point, being that a movie, even one only loosely based on true events, can be of artistic value even though it is totally irrelevant to society. A definition which fits Chapter 27 pretty well. If the murder of John Lennon never had taken place and someone would produce a movie of such excellence people would be tripping over their own compliments praising this movie sky high.Just as Chapter 27 could have been considered more interesting if it was a fictional work, so is it true the other way around. Michael Clayton comes to mind. The style of the movie, the way details were blurred as if they were unknown and couldn't be fictionalized lest the truth were bend. Now that is pretentious. Chapter 27 isn't at all. It may not take us deep into the mind of killer, but it does take us very deep into the mind of a lonely man. It must be a happy man, he who does not identify himself with Chapman in the slightest. His pain is recognizable for anyone, and he's never sympathized in my opinion but I connected with his character more than I would've thought was possible, for a 'monster' that's debatable as Caufield, oh sorry, Chapman. Such an achievement is not to be taken lightly and this is why Chapter 27 manages to be interesting in the end, not a waste of time and not a failure! As a last argument, I saved the best for last, I'll bring up Jared Leto. What a talented actor!!! I've had the pleasure of seeing many of his past performances, the one that sticks out most of course is 'Requiem For A Dream', Aronofsky's best movie so far but I have high hopes of him over-classing Requiem with a multi-Oscar winning masterpiece in the near future. Anyway, Leto's performance is nothing less than sensational. It's not just the weight gain, not even the superb way he has adopted mannerisms and a new way of talking and voice, but mainly it's in his eyes. A great director I'm 99% sure it was Hitchcock once said that a member of the audience should be able to follow a movie without a problem if it was muted, just by seeing the emotions in the actor's eyes. Well, I was never a big believer in that until recently, and Leto displays it magnificently. It's like the lights in his eyes went out in his depression, but there's a twinkle there too, the twinkle of growing insanity as he slowly slides deeper into his fantasy of being Holden Caufield. This is without a doubt one of the best performances I have seen in the last few months and worth more than a few lines in this review, but one can only describe excellence to a certain extent, brilliance is hard to explain.8.4/10
Again on another day, i was waiting to show some thrilling films on STAR MOVIES, but when they showed title, i was little bit intrigued about the movie. When i started to watch movie, i slowly realized that movie is extremely painful and there were brilliant moments in movie, which may have happened in most of men life around the world.The scene where he remarks about the money is one which i had personally felt about money, at some point of life.Again, i can't compare movie to "TAXI DRIVER", which depicted urban men's life in many cities around the world. This movie too had <more>
some moments of urban men's life in 1980s.But having said this, i should certainly say that the movie is really a good one. Jared leto and Lindsay gives good performance and script is also good.8 out of 10 stars for this surprise movie