Available today (September 17, 2013) on Blu-ray and DVD is the film The Bling Ring which was written and directed by Sophia Copploa. The film is based on true life events of a group of teens, also known as the Hollywood Hills Burglers or Burgler Bunch. Between October 2008 through April 2009 the group burglarized the homes of several celebrities including Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Audrina Patridge, Rachel Bison and Lindsey Lohan. Combined they stole around $3 million dollars worth of jewelry, clothing, purses, cash and even a gun and drugs.
The movie introduces viewers to Marc Hall (Israel Broussard). He is a new student at Indian Hills High School in Calabasas, California. On the very first day he is befriended by a girl name Rebecca Ahn (Katie Chang). Marc quickly learns that Rebecca is totally obsessed with celebrities and fame. He should have known she was bad news when at a party Rebecca checks out unlocked cars on the street and steals whatever she can find inside including cash and credit cards.
Marc mentions to Rebecca that he has a wealthy friend who is currently out of town. Rebecca suggests to Marc that they visit his house. Marc is not really sure what Rebecca has in mind, but he takes her to his friend’s house anyway. Once there Rebecca makes her way inside and starts to take various items from the house including a handbag, cash and keys to his Porche when they take for a joy ride. Then they use the cash to go shopping and buy themselves luxurious things.
Rebecca has a few close friends including Nicki (Emma Watson) and her adopted sister Sam (Taissa Farmiga), and Chloe (Claire Julien). Together with Marc the group hangs out at local clubs where other celebrities hang out like Paris Hilton and Kirsten Dunst.
Marc starts to research celebrities online and finds out when they will be out of town. He then tells the girls and together they go to the celebrities homes, find their way inside and take whatever they want.
Over the course of time the group burglarize several celebrity homes, taking rolls of cash, watches, jewelry, drugs, clothing and anything they see fit. None of them seem bothered by the fact they are trespassing and stealing and what they are doing is illegal. They are all “high” on the act of breaking in and taking whatever luxury items they want. They don’t even make an effort to not leave their fingerprints every where. They have no other thought except to take whatever they want. They act like they are invincible and won’t be caught. Even after being caught on a video surveillance camera the group doesn’t even make an effort to stop. They just continue to rob from the celebrities.
The law soon catches up to them and all of them are taken in to face justice. Even after serving time they are all still delusional and think of themselves as celebrities, not criminals. One member, Nicki, even created a website detailing her life in the Bling Ring.
Prior to watching the movie I already knew a bit about the Bling Ring. I like that the film went into a bit more detail compared to what news reporter said about the situation. I’m not sure if all the details are 100% true, or are they “guessing” what happened based on sketchy details from the criminals.
I think the filmmakers did an excellent job with the cast. Emma Watson did a great job as always. And Katie Chang who played Rebecca did a great job of making you dislike her from the start. She just oozes trouble.
The movie shows just how “out there” these teens really were. They had no problem trying on clothing and jewelry, even doing drugs, in the homes they were burglarizing. They had no thought about video surveillance cameras, alarms, dogs or as I mentioned earlier, leaving behind evidence like fingerprints. These are truly sick individuals. I highly doubt doing time taught them any kind of a lesson.
It’s kind of scary to think this went on for so many months and they were never found out. You would think parading around town in stolen property would be seen by someone of authority.
The movie was “OK”. I enjoyed it but not enough to want to watch it again. If it happens to come on HBO or Starz I might watch it again, but I most likely won’t pop in the Blu-ray again.
The film is rated R for drug use, foul language and a few other situations.
Bonus features include:
- “Behind the Bling” – “making of” featurette
- “Scene of the Crime with Paris Hilton” featurette
- Theatrical Trailer
The featurette with Paris Hilton was interesting. I liked hearing her side of the story.
Look for The Bling Ring where ever movies are sold.
Here is the movie’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.