Blink, and you won't miss very much

Blink, and you won't miss very much
In Sofia Coppola's latest film, The Bling Ring, Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame plays Nicki, a member of a celebrity-obsessed crime ring.

THE BLING RING (M18)

Crime drama/91 minutes

Rating: 3/5

You only live once.

Yes, that mantra, more gratingly abbreviated to YOLO by today's youth, is the battle cry of a generation largely obsessed with celebrity culture and all that the notion entails.

So obsessed, really, that back in 2008 and 2009, a gang of fame-hungry Southern California teens took that carpe diem sentiment, and their idol worship too far - committing a series of brazen burglaries that reportedly amassed spoils of US$3 million.

Their unsuspecting victims?

Hollywood celebrities like Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Megan Fox and Lindsay Lohan.

The group - dubbed the Bling Ring by United States media as the case unfurled - are now the subject of this drama of the same name by Oscar-winning director Sofia Coppola.

The film is based on a 2010 Vanity Fair article, The Suspects Wore Loboutins, by journalist Nancy Jo Sales, but the characters have been given different names, so as not to give the culprits any more unwarranted attention.

Now, the movie, like Coppola's previous works such as The Virgin Suicides (1999) and Lost In Translation (2003), is beautifully shot, with rich colours and an almost-dream-like feel.

In a stark contrast, this is juxtaposed with the oftentimes inconceivable storyline and vapid dialogue between characters.

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