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"_"
no_DT
man_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
island_NN
,_,
"_"
one_CD
character_NN
quotes_NNS
john_NP
donne_NP
in_IN
apt_JJ
pupil_NN
,_,
effectively_RB
summarizing_VBG
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
themes_NNS
._.
while_CS
hardly_RB
a_DT
great_JJ
film_NN
,_,
singer_NN
's_POS
ambitious_JJ
adaptation_NN
of_IN
king_NN
's_POS
short_JJ
story_NN
*_???
is_BEZ
challenging_JJ
nonetheless_RB
;_;
perhaps_RB
the_DT
most_DT
shocking_JJ
aspect_NN
of_IN
this_DT
inclement_NN
psychological_JJ
thriller_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
a_DT
major_JJ
studio_NN
got_VBD
behind_IN
it_PP
._.
apt_JJ
pupil_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
bleak_JJ
picture_NN
destined_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
misunderstood_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
masses_NNS
._.
1960s_CD
._.
wonder-bred_VBN
high_JJ
school_NN
honours_NNS
student_NN
todd_NP
bowden_NN
(_(
renfro_???
)_)
conducts_VBZ
his_PP$
own_DT
extracurricular_JJ
investigation_NN
of_IN
kurt_NP
dussander_NN
,_,
a_DT
nazi_JJ
war_NN
criminal_JJ
who_NP
fearfully_RB
fled_VBD
berlin_NP
in_IN
the_DT
1960s_CD
and_CC
was_BEDZ
never_RB
heard_VBN
from_IN
again_RB
._.
bowden_NN
suspects_VBZ
arthur_NP
denker_NN
(_(
mckellan_NP
)_)
,_,
the_DT
lonely_JJ
german_JJ
senior_JJ
citizen_NN
who_WP
lives_VBZ
nearby_RB
,_,
is_BEZ
actually_RB
a_DT
pseudonymous_JJ
dussander-much_NN
research_NN
and_CC
dusting_VBG
for_IN
fingerprints_NNS
proves_VBZ
young_JJ
todd_NP
's_POS
theory_NN
._.
bowden_NN
strikes_NNS
a_DT
deal_NN
with_IN
dussander_NN
:_:
in_IN
exchange_NN
for_IN
not_XNOT
revealing_VBG
his_PP$
identity_NN
,_,
dussander_NN
must_MD
satisfy_VB
bowden_NN
's_POS
intense_JJ
curiosity_NN
by_IN
recounting_VBG
the_DT
atrocities_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
holocaust_NP
from_IN
the_DT
nazi_JJ
point_NN
of_IN
view_NN
._.
the_DT
stories_NNS
he_PP
hears_VBZ
keep_VB
todd_NP
up_RP
at_IN
night_NN
and_CC
haunt_VB
his_PP$
daydreams_NNS
,_,
but_CC
like_IN
a_DT
bystander_NN
at_IN
a_DT
traffic_NN
accident_NN
,_,
todd_NP
's_POS
desire_NN
for_IN
gory_JJ
details_NNS
overrides_NNS
his_PP$
repulsion_NN
._.
bowden_NN
revives_VBZ
in_IN
dussander_NN
feelings_NNS
dormant_JJ
since_IN
the_DT
end_NN
of_IN
wwii_???
._.
marching_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
mock_JJ
uniform_NN
around_IN
his_PP$
kitchen_NN
is_BEZ
wholly_RB
cathartic_JJ
for_IN
dussander_NN
:_:
it_PP
leads_VBZ
to_IN
his_PP$
torture_NN
of_IN
a_DT
cat_NN
and_CC
the_DT
torment_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
"_"
student_NN
"_"
,_,
among_IN
other_JJ
things_NNS
._.
bowden_NN
,_,
who_WP
has_HVZ
taken_VBN
on_IN
very_RB
hateful_JJ
qualities_NNS
(_(
he_PP
kills_VBZ
birds_NNS
and_CC
doodles_NNS
swastikas_NNS
on_IN
his_PP$
notebook_NN
)_)
,_,
engages_VBZ
the_DT
veteran_NN
in_IN
an_DT
endless_JJ
game_NN
of_IN
one-upmanship_NN
._.
dussander_NN
stands_VBZ
to_IN
lose_VB
his_PP$
freedom_NN
,_,
and_CC
bowden_NN
his_PP$
credibility-in_???
effect_NN
,_,
his_PP$
post-secondary_JJ
school_NN
future_NN
._.
all_PDT
of_IN
this_DT
winds_NNS
down_IN
to_IN
a_DT
fairly_RB
unpredictable_JJ
(_(
and_CC
unsettling_VBG
)_)
conclusion_NN
,_,
one_CD
which_WDT
requires_VBZ
leaps_NNS
of_IN
faith_NN
from_IN
its_PP$
audience_NN
yet_RB
is_BEZ
more_DT
satisfying_JJ
than_CS
the_DT
source_NN
material_NN
's_POS
excessive_JJ
climax_NN
._.
singer_NN
has_HVZ
yet_RB
to_TO
get_VB
keyser_NN
s_NN
?_?
ze_???
out_RP
of_IN
his_PP$
system_NN
._.
his_PP$
the_DT
usual_JJ
suspects_NNS
and_CC
apt_JJ
pupil_NN
are_BER
both_RB
about_IN
evil_JJ
masquerading_NN
as_IN
innocence_NN
(_(
verbal_JJ
's_NNS
tics_???
and_CC
todd_NP
's_POS
golden-boy_NN
reputation_NN
are_BER
plausible_JJ
ruses_NNS
)_)
;_;
they_PP
showcase_VB
morally_RB
bankrupt_JJ
anti-heroes_NNS
to_IN
whom_WP
telling_NN
the_DT
truth_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
an_DT
option_NN
if_CS
they_PP
are_BER
to_IN
achieve_VB
their_PP$
goals_NNS
._.
apt_JJ
pupil_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
richer_JJR
film_NN
than_CS
the_DT
usual_JJ
suspects_NNS
,_,
a_DT
movie_NN
famous_JJ
and_CC
popular_JJ
partly_RB
because_CS
its_PP$
plot_NN
machinations_NNS
were_BED
not_XNOT
germane_JJ
to_TO
the_DT
outcome-there_JJ
was_BEDZ
no_DT
way_NN
you_PP
could_MD
see_VB
the_DT
ending_NN
coming_VBG
,_,
as_CS
it_PP
was_BEDZ
all_PDT
a_DT
hoodwink_JJ
,_,
anyway_RB
._.
thankfully_RB
,_,
singer_NN
has_HVZ
gotten_VBN
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
usual_JJ
suspects_NNS
'_"
film-schoolish_JJ
geek_???
theatrics_JJ
out_RP
of_IN
his_PP$
system_NN
._.
some_DT
scenes_NNS
in_IN
apt_JJ
pupil_NN
feel_VB
overdirected_VBN
and_CC
/_SYM
or_CC
obvious_JJ
(_(
the_DT
dream_NN
sequences_NNS
were_BED
extraneous_JJ
)_)
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
majority_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
subdued-and_NP
singer_NN
's_POS
handling_NN
of_IN
the_DT
violent_JJ
scenes_NNS
is_BEZ
boldly_RB
restrained_JJ
for_IN
a_DT
film_NN
about_IN
a_DT
murderer_NN
and_CC
a_DT
murderer-in-training_NN
._.
mckellan_NP
's_POS
and_CC
renfro_???
's_NNS
performances_NNS
contribute_VB
enormously_RB
to_IN
the_DT
overall_JJ
success_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
;_;
while_CS
most_DT
people_NN
will_MD
focus_VB
on_IN
british_JJ
stage_NN
vet_NN
mckellan_NP
's_POS
finely-tuned_JJ
realization_NN
,_,
i'd_???
like_JJ
to_TO
single_JJ
out_RP
renfro_???
's_BEZ
daring_JJ
work_NN
._.
he_PP
isn't_BEZ
afraid_JJ
to_TO
play_VB
someone_PN
largely_RB
unappealing_VBG
and_CC
cold-hearted_JJ
;_;
he_PP
strips_VBZ
his_PP$
character_NN
of_IN
vanity_NN
,_,
something_PN
many_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
peers_NNS
wouldn't_MD
do_DO
._.
(_)
can_MD
you_PP
picture_VB
kieran_NP
culkin_NP
or_CC
jonathan_NP
taylor-thomas_NP
in_IN
the_DT
same_DT
role_NN
?_?
)_)
renfro_???
was_BEDZ
recently_RB
charged_VBN
with_IN
possession_NN
of_IN
cocaine-i_???
hope_NN
he_PP
doesn't_DOZ
continue_VB
down_RP
that_DT
path_NN
,_,
because_CS
he_PP
has_HVZ
a_DT
big_JJ
future_NN
in_IN
good_JJ
movies_NNS
waiting_VBG
for_IN
him_PP
._.
as_CS
guidance_NN
counsellor_NN
edward_NP
french_JJ
,_,
"_"
friend_NN
"_"
schwimmer_NN
also_RB
deserves_VBZ
mention_NN
._.
he_PP
wants_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
the_DT
parent_NN
to_IN
todd_NP
that_CS
todd_NP
's_POS
own_DT
well-to-do_???
folks_NNS
are_BER
not_XNOT
(_(
todd_NP
,_,
like_IN
most_DT
modern_JJ
kids-and_NN
only-children-has_NNS
mom_???
and_CC
dad_NN
wrapped_VBN
around_IN
his_PP$
pinky_NN
finger_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
sincerity_NN
makes_VBZ
the_DT
apt_JJ
pupil_NN
's_POS
blackening-heart_NN
even_RB
more_DT
apparent_JJ
._.
but_CC
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
ultimate_JJ
questions_NNS
,_,
are_BER
we_PP
born_VBN
evil_NN
or_CC
do_DO
we_PP
learn_VB
evil_JJ
?_?
,_,
might_MD
be_BE
answered_VBN
in_IN
french_JJ
,_,
whose_WP$
motives_NNS
are_BER
the_DT
slightest_JJS
bit_NN
ambiguous_JJ
._.
no_DT
man_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
island_NN
,_,
indeed-we_???
all_PDT
have_HV
the_DT
capacity_NN
to_IN
make_VB
the_DT
"_"
right_JJ
"_"
or_CC
the_DT
"_"
wrong_JJ
"_"
choices_NNS
._.
schwimmer_NN
winningly_RB
plays_VBZ
one_CD
of_IN
a_DT
trio_NN
of_IN
fascinating_JJ
characters_NNS
who_WP
make_VB
the_DT
unconventional_JJ
apt_JJ
pupil_NN
laudible_JJ
._.
-october_NN
,_,
1998_CD
*_???
the_DT
excellent_JJ
collection_NN
king_NN
's_POS
stories_NNS
called_VBN
different_JJ
seasons_NNS
spawned_VBD
not_XNOT
only_RB
apt_JJ
pupil_NN
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
shawshank_NN
redemption_NN
(_(
originally_RB
titled_VBN
rita_NP
hayworth_NP
and_CC
the_DT
shawshank_NN
redemption_NN
)_)
and_CC
stand_VB
by_IN
me_PP
(_(
originally_RB
titled_VBN
the_DT
body_NN
)_)
._.
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