THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (Duncan Roy, U.S.). 97 minutes. Today (Thursday, May 17), 8 pm, Isabel Bader. Rating: NN Rating: NN
Rising talent Duncan Roy displays a hypnotic visual style but not much else in this confusing and pretentious update of Oscar Wilde's prophetic paean to narcissism.
Dorian (David Gallagher) is now a Manhattan socialite, and his portrait is a complicated video installation. While he sinks into corruption (murder, drugs, homosexuality, oh my!), he doesn't age, but his portrait, of course, does.
Gallagher looks great as the superficial antihero, and Christian Camargo delivers a slimy performance as his mentor, agent Henry Wotton. But other actors are left scratching their heads, wading through the script's lifeless scenes and inconsistent logic.
All surface, no substance. Wilde might almost have liked it.