Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Download Ex Machina
Before the DVD release on 8th June
Win Premiere Tickets
To see Mission: Impossible in Vienna.
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Aitana Sanchez-Gijon
Dino Abbrescia
Giorgio Careccia.
Directors
Gabriele Salvatores.
Screenwriters
Niccolò Ammaniti
Francesca Marciano.
Running Time
101 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
Terminator Genisys
2 Star Empire Rating
Magic Mike XXL
2 Star Empire Rating
Dear White People
4 Star Empire Rating
Man With A Movie Camera
5 Star Empire Rating
Hot Pursuit
3 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Man With A Movie Camera
5 Star Empire Rating
Salt Of The Earth, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Song Of The Sea
5 Star Empire Rating
Look Of Silence, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Mad Max: Fury Road
5 Star Empire Rating

I'm Not Scared
Beautiful and sinister Italian coming-of-age film.


submit to reddit


Plot
A nine year-old boy growing up in southern Italy in the late 1970s discovers another young boy, hidden in a hole in the ground by the side of a disused farmhouse. A series of startling revelations involving the boy's family and the local community follow, changing the young Sicilian’s life forever.


Review
Set in the Basilicata region of Italy circa 1978, this pastoral drama shares with other popular exports from the country - Cinema Paradiso, Mediterraneo, Il Postino - the pleasures of the idyllic rural existence.

Director Gabriele Salvatores brings together scriptwriter Niccol Ammaniti's simple words (harvested from his own novel) and cinematographer Italo Petriccione's panoramic imagery in such a carefully nuanced manner, you can almost feel the dry heat and smell the odorous Sicilian cuisine. That's not to say, however, that I'm Not Scared is a picture postcard-perfect travelogue that's likely to appeal solely to the vicarious tourist. There's a lot more going on here than meets the eye, which is something that slowly dawns on the film's pre-adolescent protagonist following his discovery of a feral blind boy, who's chained up in a hole in the ground beside a ruined farm.

Indeed, the superficial pleasures of I'm Not Scared give way to a tense coming-of-age story that plays like a taut thriller. Furthermore, this not being Hollywood, Michele and Filippo do not benefit from life lessons learned as exemplified in coming-of-age pap like Now And Then. The sweet life, this ain't.


Verdict
Si, si. The beautiful photography will have you booking flights to Sicily, while the unsentimental rites-of-passage drama can't fail to touch your heart.


Reviewed by Miles Fielder

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for I'm Not Scared
Empire Star Rating

:)

gg ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by indysid at 01:06, 30 June 2008 | Report This Post


Excellent!!!

This film was not what I expected it to be. At the start of the movie, I wasn't so keen to watch it, but after a while it got me hooked! I think the atmosphere was so beautifully done, they didn't get a foot wrong there. The emotion that was shown, along with the acting was excellent. Any film which can me cry deserves a 5 star rating. This is definitely on my top 50 films!!! ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by stunny at 03:57, 13 April 2007 | Report This Post



CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Mirror Match: 10 Movies Where Your Evil Twin Attacks
A new challenger enters… and it’s YOU (but with bad facial hair)

Please Explain! With Arnold Schwarzenegger...
Plus Emilia Clarke on pranks, smiles and 'The Robot'

Terminator Genisys: Empire's Verdict
It wants your clothes and your (re)boots

100 Greatest Movie Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains exclusively revealed!

Bonfire Of The Vanities: When Personal Projects Go Wrong
15 hubristic horrors that went straight to movie jail

Hollywood Jackanory: Stars Reading Things Out Of Context
From Ian McKellen vs. One Direction to Hugh Jackman vs. baking innuendos

Before And After: How 10 Books Changed On Their Way To Becoming Movies
...And how their authors reacted

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)