Surprise movies are the best. There’s nothing I love more than going into one more or less blind and coming out feeling really satisfied. It’s actually how I was introduced to some of my all time favorite titles. Infamous might just be another one to add to my list! it had pretty much all you could want in a movie and was not at all what I was expecting.
Ever since she can remember, Arielle (Bella Thorne) has wanted to be famous. With big ambitions to one day leave behind her dull life in Florida and make her way to Hollywood, she has been saving up as much money as possible from her job as a waitress in order to make this a reality. But when she discovers that her money is missing, her plans are thwarted.
Not knowing who to trust, Arielle decides to leave that very night. She invites along the mysterious Dean (Jake Manley) who moved to town after a stint in prison. Relieved to finally be away from their problems, they start to wonder what they will do in order to make a living for themselves.
And so they decide to start robbing from gas stations, weed dispensaries and the like, anywhere really that is off the beaten path. Their exploits are put up on social media for the everyone to see. It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt and Arielle will stop at nothing until the world knows her name.
I loved the twists and turns that this movie took throughout. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, an obstacle is thrown in the works and derails everything. I was kept on the edge of my seat the entire time!
Infamous was made up of an array of genres so it reaches a wider range of audiences. The romance between Arielle and Dean rivals that of Bonnie and Clyde. There’s a lot of action and adventure with some humor thrown in too. Ultimately I would classify it as a drama because of the gripping storyline.
I believe that Bella Thorne is underrated. While she got her start at Disney, she was successful in branching away from that squeaky clean image and established herself as a diverse actress and business woman. She is passionate about all her projects and that is apparent here. While Jake Manley didn’t leave a lasting impression (his bleached blonde hair was too distracting), I did appreciate having Amber Riley on my screen again in a supporting role.
If you want to be surprised, then this is the film for you. I’m sure that you will end up rooting for Arielle and Dean even though what they are doing is morally wrong. They have a lot to lose and because of that, it is easy to relate to them.