Conclusion: Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers' is a cinematically experimental indictment and exaltation of superficial excess, empty sexuality, and materialistic desire. Though humorous, the movie is also darkly disturbing, revealing potent social commentary beneath its surface level exploitation. The video transfer and audio mix are both impressive, offering an unconventional but very engrossing experience.
Conclusion: Some of the marketing for Spring Breakers might lead you to believe the film is nothing other than a sort of sexcapade comedy with Franco and a bunch of nubile young women. Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm frankly not entirely convinced that Korine's deconstructionist efforts bear nutritious fruits, but as snack food, Spring Breakers is deliciously sweet and tart. This Blu-ray offers great video and audio and comes with some excellent supplements.
Excerpt: For a generation of youthful television viewers, MTV's spring break coverage defined the annual pilgrimage in which college kids ventured to Florida for a week or two of sex and booze in the sun. Starting in 1986, the network effectively sold this fantasy by repeating endless images of scantily clad bodies gyrating away on beaches to the latest pop hits and beautiful people lounging around the pool.
Excerpt: Let�s be honest. If you�ve planted your eyes on the poster accompanying Spring Breakers � UK release within the last couple of weeks, you�ve probably made your mind up about the exploitation tendencies of this film. From the offset, our screen is littered with semi-naked college girls that frolic aimlessly to the same incessant beat, as impeccably tanned men jeer crudely at a distance.
Excerpt: Very few vacationers who embark on a weeklong spring break trip expect safe, wholesome, squeaky-clean, life-empowering experiences. They temporarily abandon the day-to-day grind of work, school or reality in search of guiltless, gratuitous debauchery fueled by gallons of booze and ounces of illegal substances. To paraphrase Nevada’s tourism bureau, what happens on spring break hopefully stays on spring break.
Summary: Part indie festival fare and part T&A exploitation flick, Spring Breakers is going to attract aficionados of either genre – as well as an inevitable wave of barely legal thrillseekers – but Harmony Korine’s oddly emotionally distant blend of styles isn’t likely to completely satisfy either camp’s initial expectations.
Excerpt: Spring break – det amerikanska vårlovet – är påskledighet minus kristendom. En vecka då medelklassungar lämnar småstadens tristess och vallfärdar till stränderna för hedniska riters extas. Det är utgångspunkten för regissören Harmony Korines femte långfilm ”Spring breakers”. Bland strandritualerna märks dricka sprit genom slang, röka bong och att män låtsaskissar öl i kvinnors munnar.