Jenna Ortega Movie School Shooting
Jenna Ortega Movie School Shooting

Jenna Ortega Stars In A School Shooting Drama For The Instagram Age

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The Fallout, Megan Park’s moving directing debut, depicts how a high school student’s seemingly ordinary day is quickly turned upside down by a terrible shooting and how that shooting is reinterpreted on social media. The movie premiered on HBO Max on January 27 and earned the Narrative Feature Audience Award at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival. Jenna Ortega, who made a name for herself on “Scream,” also has a prominent role in “The Fallout,” co-starring Maddie Ziegler. The trailer is below.

Jenna Ortega plays Vada, a high school student, in an emotional freefall after a school shooting changes her connections with her friends, family, and other people. Other tragedy victims express their anguish in different ways by acting out.

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In contrast to Quinton, who was wounded in the shooting, Nick (Will Ropp), who was once foolish, becomes an instant celebrity as a victim’s advocate. Shailene Woodley, who has a brief part as a therapist, also acts in the film. Director Megan Park successfully transitions from being an actress and singer to a feature picture (her prior work includes short movies and music videos, like Billie Eilish’s “Watch”).

However, Ortega once more shines as a breakout star. Ellie Alves, the intelligent and young Joe’s covert serial killer neighbor in the second season of Netflix’s “You,” played a crucial part in the plot. The most recent time Ortega upped his game was in “Scream 5” as Tara Carpenter, the woman who answers the phone in the movie’s opening scene. More from the “The Fallout” review by IndieWire from SXSW

Jenna Ortega Movie School Shooting
Jenna Ortega Movie School Shooting

The director’s style combines powerful compositions (Park and cinematographer Kristen Correll exhibit great expertise at overhead shots) with slick social media presence and works effectively with the challenging subject matter. Most importantly, though, it conveys the energy of the adolescent experience through Park’s apparent engagement in the emotional lives of her characters rather than just through on-screen texting (which is done frequently and is usually necessary and natural).

There aren’t many scenes in “The Fallout” that are as brutally effective as the shooting itself, but there are plenty of other emotional upheavals to deal with during the film’s 92 tightly-packed minutes. Keep an eye on us for more information like this, The Express.

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