Review: ‘Warning!!! Pedophile Released’

A noble yet ultimately unsuccessful attempt at an elegiac art film.

Though its oddly punctuated title may denote a grimy exploitation piece, Shane Ryan’s “Warning!!! Pedophile Release” is a much stranger animal — a noble yet ultimately unsuccessful attempt at an elegiac art film, studded with grimy exploitation material along the way. Consisting mostly of handheld footage of characters walking aimlessly and staring off into space, the pic has moments of surprising resonance, yet it’s hard to imagine it finding much of an audience.

Opening with the horrific gang rape of a 15-year-old girl (co-scripter Kai Lanette), the pic settles into an unexpectedly soothing rhythm, following her as she meanders, dazed, across riverbeds and highways. Were this first reel to stand alone as a short, it would be a genuinely haunting portrait of the peaceful manner in which some people respond to terrible violence. Yet the film quickly sputters, as Echo’s true love (Ryan), falsely imprisoned for molesting her, returns from prison, and the two find little to do to pass the remaining time. Consistent tone is frequently lost, particularly with a late scene that seems included solely to display porn star Joanna Angel in the nude. One-man tech contributions are artful.

Warning!!! Pedophile Released


A Cinema Epoch release of an Alter Ego production. Produced by Jeremy Williams, Sean Cain. Executive producers, Kimberly Lynn Campbell, Lee Elmergreen, Jeremy Heilman, Kasey James, Joseph Pozo, Jason Rodriguez, Johnny Williams. Directed, edited by Shane Ryan. Screenplay, Kai Lanette, Ryan.


Camera (color/B&W, DV), Ryan; music, Jacob Wild. Reviewed on DVD, Los Angeles, Oct. 18, 2009. Running time: 96 MIN.


Kai Lanette, Shane Ryan, Sean Cain, Molly Wryn, Robert Dale, Jerell Gray, Joanna Angel.
Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety