COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'The Motel Life Blu-Ray' Review

Updated: 08/19/2014 10:53 AM By: Aaron Chalich

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I just finished watching a very interesting film called “The Motel Life.” It was released by Cinedigm, it’s based on the novel by Willy Vlautin.

“The Motel Life” was released in 2012 and was directed by Alan and Gabriel Polsky. It stars Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Dakota Fanning and Kris Kristofferson. 

I was very impressed with the acting and thought everyone did an amazing job. I felt the characters were very believable and the actors put a lot of emotion into their roles.

“The Motel Life” is a very emotional thriller about two brothers name Frank (Emile Hirsch) and Jerry Lee (Stephen Dorff) Flannigan. You learn that they do odd jobs and move from hotel to hotel. One night, Jerry Lee hits a kid with his car by accident and he leaves the scene of the crime. The brothers leave and go to visit Frank’s old girlfriend Annie (Dakota Fanning).

The thing that really makes “The Motel Life” unique and interesting is that Frank is a story teller and he tells Jerry Lee stories all the time to help calm him down. The stories are told with illustrations and usually feature Jerry as the hero. When Frank starts telling a story, the movie will go into an animated sequence with Frank narrating. I really liked this a lot and felt it really added to the film.

There are a few bonus features on the Blu-ray. They bonus features are very fun and interesting to watch.  There is a trailer for the movie, a featurette that has interviews with the cast and directors, and an illustration gallery.

Overall I really enjoyed Cinedigm’s “The Motel Life” on Blu-ray a lot. I thought the story was very emotional and the actors all did a marvelous job. I also really liked the use of animation in the film. I felt like that animation made “The Motel Life” unique and entertaining. 

If you are looking for a unique and thrilling movie to watch then I would highly recommend that you check out “The Motel Life.”

Aaron Chalich is an entertainment columnist for