Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Eileen April Boylan, J.B. Ghuman Jr., Ian Nelson
Director: John Humber
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Truth. Lies. Whatever? Dakota Skye (Eileen Boylan) has a super power. She is cursed with the ability to see the truth in any lie she hears. Now seventeen, Dakota has become apathetic towards life ? until Jonah (Ian Nelson... more »
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Lucas Goldstein | Los Angeles, CA | 07/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are few times as a movie watcher when you get to be there at the beginning. By the time a directors name gets tossed into the open arena of critics and fans alike, they have already created a handful of theatrical visions and you find yourself scouring Netflix or Blockbuster trying to walk backwards through their cinematic resume. Well, this is one of those few times where you can say you were there when. In a small number of years you can act snobby at parties and brag about how you saw this feature length debut years before anyone knew about the following successes. What's better than having intellectual ammo at the ready to feel superior about? Not much.
Let's talk about the movie first, before we get into the behind the scenes masterminds. Dakota Skye is a superhero tale with a twist. Dakota is a young girl, only medium cute (a line from the movie, which is terribly inaccurate) and she has a secret power. No one can lie to her. Anytime someone distorts the truth around her, their real meaning and honest thoughts appear in front of her like subtitles in a foreign film. You might think this would be a great power to have, but once you start realizing how much people lie and what they really feel about you, life can seem pretty bleak. This is where Jonah comes in, a pleasant tinged stoner who seemingly never tells a lie. Meeting Jonah throws Dakota's world into a spin because there are only two answers, either her powers don't work on him or he really is the last honest person on Earth. Let the teenage confusion and angst begin!
The movie is really centered around the relationship between Dakota and Jonah, which places a large amount of the success on the shoulders of Eileen Boylan (as Dakota) and Ian Nelson (as Jonah). Thankfully both step up to the task. The chemistry on screen helps the audience sink into their world, reminding us about that time when we met the first person who got underneath all our walls and social defenses. Eileen shuffles her scuffed jeans and worn-in Chucks through a performance balanced between one part slacker, one part dreamer and one part trail blazer. Top off with a dash of jaded teenager forced to grow up too fast and you have the incarnation of Dakota. Her adorable presence on screen and earnest moments really center the film and keep the audience tuned in. Coming in to lend his assistance is Ian with a humble smile, honest face and almost effortless delivery. Certain scenes for him felt so natural it could have been mistaken for improv, just letting him go and feel the moment as it happened. You can expect to see both of these young actors in the coming years, that is, if you haven't already caught Eileen in Greek and Making Change and Ian in Bratz and True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet.
Now both of those performances would not have been possible if not for the delicate touch of director John Humber. This is his first feature film and I can guarantee it won't be his last to reach the silver screen. Dakota Skye has the feel and rough edges of a debut filmmaker, but there is a vision, a concept and a level of skill that cannot be denied. The whole story is visually told with delicate pacing, filled with engaging moments, leading up to a beautifully touching final scene right out of any major motion picture we see today (specifically in the romance genre, that is). If this is the beginning of a career, all I can say is I am excited to see what's coming down the line."
No lies here.
Kevin Vanhooser | Glendale, AZ USA | 04/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw Dakota Skye last year at the Phoenix Film Festival and have been anxiously awaiting its release on DVD ever since. This is one of those rare movies that you really want to share with your close friends, but you find it impossible to sum up. "A girl who can see through any lie falls in love with boyfriend's best friend..." sounds simple, right? Doesn't come close to doing this movie justice. This film works its way inside and takes you on an emotional journey right along with the characters. Dakota's first line hooked me and something about that character pulled me all the way through to the end. Viewers will want to compare this to Juno, but as much as I enjoyed that film, Dakota Skye has a unique spark beyond comparison. Excellent direction and fantastic acting all around. This movie comes with my highest recommendation!"
You will really enjoy this movie.
Barbara Greenstein | 08/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dakota Skye has a wonderful story line and the acting was terrific, even if there are no name stars (but I bet we'll be hearing more from them). I also thoroughly enjoyed the music and look forward to hearing more from this composer. The movie is well worth the price. Dakota Skye"
What a fantastic movie. Lucky enough I got a theater screen
Adam Cohn | 07/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was lucky to have caught a screening of the movie here in L.A. (one of the few perks of living in LaLa land). Just a great movie and outstanding performances from everyone and most notably (for me) from new comer, Ian Nelson.
The premise of the movie makes you think you are going to really have to suspend your disbelief but it does a wonderful job of flowing almost flawlessly throughout and is just a lucid wonderful story with a great theme.
I don't want to spoil anything so I will leave it at that but I am quite happy that this movie is finally out on DVD as I've been anxiously awaiting to see it again since seeing at the cinema.
Another great indy that is better than almost all the top ten movies currently in the summer blockbusters. This one is up there with the likes of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, in movie that never got full theatrical but is just amazingly good."