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The movie is sleekly rendered, and contains some memorable shots. In one scene, we watch from afar as the group ransacks a house, seeing only their shadows flitting past windows. The film is a pleasure to look at, but the nagging question of why we’re doing so never recedes.
Alexis Neiers, the real-life Bling girl on whom Watson’s character is modeled, scored her own reality TV show on the E! channel and had just shot the first episode when police moved in to bring the group’s larcenous career to an end. Interviewed by Sales afterward, she conveyed some strikingly vacuous thoughts, which are voiced by Watson, in the movie, verbatim.
“I’m a firm believer in Karma,” Neiers said, “and I think this situation was attracted into my life because it was supposed to be a huge learning lesson for me to grow and expand as a spiritual human being. I see myself being like an Angelina Jolie, but even stronger, pushing even harder for the universe and for peace and for the health of our planet. God didn’t give me these talents and looks to just sit around being a model or being famous. I want to lead a huge charity organization. I want to lead a country, for all I know.”
This statement tells us a lot about the Bling Ring kids. Maybe all we need to know.
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