Extra Credit Video: “One Hour Photo”


English 1C


From all the choices from the list of the movies to be check out, I was not able to check all of them out, instead I went through the list and picked out the one that I most familiar with or wanted to check out the most; therefore, I chose the movie “One Hour Photo,” and not because I have to watch this movie to do the essay, but I did wanted to check out this movie along time ago. I really like most of Robin William’s movie. I found most of his movies he plays are either funny or story lines are very different from all of the other movie I saw in the past. However, this movie One Hour Photo gave me a totally different reaction and feeling compares to all the other time I watched a Robin William movie. This movie seemed to be more confusing and creepy at the same time. Beginning of this movie was very boring, with unattractive scene and very confusing story line. However, as the story continues, it started to became more interesting, in fact it seemed more disturbing to me. The more I watched, I noticed that the director wanted to pulled the audience or the viewer closer to the story line with some unpredictable scenes. This became more interesting.


Robin Williams play a very downbeat character in this movie. He play Sy Parish, a photo lab technician at SavMart Pharmacy. Sy can be describes as a very lonely man. He founds his happiness through his customer’s pictures every single day. Therefore, SavMart could be considered as Sy’s home away from home. As Sy develops his customer’s pictures, he then tries to day dreams about their lives in different occasions in the pictures. One of the family that Sy became obsessed with over nine years straight, was the Yorkins, and in fact he even felt like he was part of the family, and imagine himself as “Uncle Sy.” Every time, the Yorkins came to SavMart and get their pictures developed, Sy would always make sure to keep a copies of those pictures for himself, and then hang them up in his apartment. The Yorkins were too busy trying to get there pictures developed and maintaining their lifestyle that they didn’t realized that Sy, the friendly photo guy, turns out to be their biggest stalker. Even I could not figure out at the beginning that Sy was that type of guy. The director wanted us to figure out Sy for ourselves, to discover his own personality that he was a bad guy in this movie. One very disturbing scene was when Sy found out that the head of the house, the husband, had cheated on his wife, Nina, Sy went and get revenge for her. It was a very disturbing and creepy scene. At this time I could tell that the Yorkin’s family became suspicious. As time goes by, the family started to keep their eyes open and had found out that “Sy, the Photo Guy” is no longer an innocent guy they know. Instead, he became a psychotic guy who work in as a photo developer. After wondering why Sy had making so many extra copies of the Yorkin’s family’s pictures, the boss became more suspicious and had fired him. No more pictures to developed is not the most disappointment part to Sy; instead, the most disappointing part was he felt like his family was taken away from him. He had lost the love, the imaginary he has, and most of all the Yorkin family.


This movie is weird and disturbing; however, it still got me crying, felling sympathy, and of course at the same time feeling creepy. I like how the director start out the movie and continued it with on- going tension through out the film. This film contain so many unexpected scene such as, revenges, murders, laughs, tears and even couple scene of nudity. After watching this movie, I felt so creepy for some reason. I had all these thoughts about what if there is someone out there who is psycho just like Sy, and who kept an extra package of my pictures and hang them around their