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Chicagoist's Review of Home of the Giants as part of its coverage of the Chicago International Film Festival 2007

"Skillful, believable and genuinely suspenseful"

Reviewed by Rob Christopher

14th October 2007

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Home of the Giants is skillful, believable and genuinely suspenseful. Osment plays Gar, a journalist on the school paper who serves as unofficial mascot to the basketball team's hotshot star, Matt, who uses him to to get rides around town and stroke his ego. When Matt's no-good brother gets out of prison and hatches a plan for a robbery, you know things are going to go south pretty fast. And when a girl on the school paper realizes something's fishy, she starts doing a little digging.

Set in Indiana but mostly shot in North Carolina, local director Rusty Gorman's movie is a modest affair, which makes its clear-eyed dissection of high school hypocrisy and fresh-faced corruption that much more satisfying. Riverton High is the kind of place where the journalism teacher angrily explains that "we don't write articles that bad-mouth the team," while every post-game celebration seems to center on the local Wendy's. Gar faces a tug of war between his sense of right and wrong and his hero-worship for Matt. The ending tries to have things both ways, but it's a minor flaw in a movie that consistently offers up surprises. When the story goes into thriller mode it actually works because these are well-drawn characters instead of just plot devices.


A wonderfully layered script brought to life by an excellent emsemble Rich, varied, suspenseful, touching, funny, exciting -- what more can one ask?
The acting was superb and I cannot remember the last time I saw a movie that had so much to offer in respect to genres

Skillful, believable and genuinely suspenseful

Intense, superbly crafted thriller

'Giants' gives a new twist to Indiana basketball tale

Home of the Giants
Bottom Line: A dark-laced "Hoosiers" that scores from all over the story court.

The writing is crisp and lean, a fine blend of angst and suspense and humour

Home of the Giants : It's brilliant  

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