• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Show How Genre and Narrative are established in two crime film

Extracts from this document...


Show How Genre and Narrative are established in two crime film In order to examine how genre and narrative is established in two crime films, we conducted a close textual analysis of Ocean's Eleven and The Bone Collector to find out the main conventions. The main conventions of the crime genre are law enforcers, criminals and action sequence. There are also other signifers such as criminals and etc. You can find typical iconography in the crime genre; the most obvious one is a gun. Other iconography in the crime genre includes police uniform, badges, gadgets, money. There have been many notable crime films such as Seven (2000), Paycheck (2004) and The Godfather (1972). The crime genre has perhaps been most successful in creating hybrid and sub-genres. There is the heist genre which include films such as The Italian Job also there is the prison genre with films such as Shawshank Redemption. As well, Goodfellas and The Godfather are categorised in the Gangster sub-genre. Crime is mostly mainstream genre but there are some independent films such as Knock around Guys (2001) and Layer Cakes (2004). Crime can be classified as a mainstream genre because of the A-list star that appears its movie, e.g. Brad Pitt in Seven, and Tom cruise in Collateral. Another explanation for the genre's mainstream status is that studio knew the crime genre was a mainstream genre and produce them e.g. Collateral was produced by DreamWorks and Paramount. Also this film have a large appeal of the genre so therefore make sure that it will attract mainstream audiences. ...read more.


According to Todorov's narrative theory, each film should follow a particular order. Equilibrium - then a Disturbance - followed by a New Equilibrium. Todorov's theory explains that the opening sequence should establish the location, and main character. Basically the opening sequence should establish the equilibrium. Most Hollywood films adopt a linear narrative because it keeps the storyline simple. A film could begin with the disturbance in the title sequence by using flashback, dream sequences and flash forwards. In Ocean's Eleven, equilibrium is the first stage and is important because it establishes the genre, and setting. The main character or protagonist is established by the dimly lighted room which connotes the criminal side to him. Also there is a window, which creates shadow on which connotes his dark side. Some of the other visual signifers are the prison guard which makes it very obvious this is a prison. . There are also aural signifers such as the clanging on the metal bar, reveals it is a prison. The heist genre is connoted by the fast upbeat music; it shows this movie is fast paced .The lighting is very dark inside but it is sunny outside suggesting freedom and a new start. The heist genre is revealed by the flashing light of the city which connotes wealth and sophistications. This connotes the action is going to happen here so the audience ready and guess the plot. The opening sequence of Ocean's Eleven conforms to the convectional linear structure of many films. Ocean's Eleven has a linear structure and this make the film conventional. ...read more.


On the other hand, it is also possible to identify several differences between the films. The Bone Collector has more complex storyline whereas Ocean's Eleven has simpler one. Both films have high production values and this is shown by the studios which produced Ocean's Eleven and The Bone Collector. The Bone Collector was produced by Columbia and Universal Picture and Ocean's Eleven was produced by Village Roadshow Pictures. We can also tell that these films have a high production value because the cast contain A-list actors like Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Denzel Washington. Both films have mainstream audience, though The Bone Collector would attract a smaller number because there are only two A-list actors and it has more complex storyline. Some of the difference can be explained because Ocean's Eleven has a more convectional approach to the genre, because the film follows a linear storyline. Whereas The Bone Collector has a more innovative approach to genre, as the director uses flashbacks to explain the story. Ocean's Eleven is the more successful in introducing genre and narrative because it had a linear structure, therefore it is less complicated. Ocean's eleven had successfully created an engaging and coherent narrative because it uses conventional yet sympathetic character e.g. Danny Ocean in Ocean's Eleven. Also Ocean's Eleven was more successful because of the clear establishment of equilibrium, so the audience knows what is happening in the storyline. The most effective technique was the crime genre signifier's e.g. the gadgets, mobile phone and the prison cell, whereas The Bone Collector uses the signifers to signify the thriller genre where as Ocean's Eleven more signifies the crime genre. Rekesh Vekariya Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Films section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Films essays

  1. How do the opening sequences of Dracula and Frankenstein position the audience?

    Directors also try to send hidden messages in their movies, which you may or may not realize are being sent to you. This makes you feel as though you want to or do not want to be like this person, creating more opportunities for the director to position you or make you feel something.

  2. Show how Genre and Narrative are established in the opening 5 mins of 2 ...

    The lighting can establish the genre of a film through brightness, shadow, colour of lighting and angle of lighting. In ''Frankenstein must be destroyed'' the lighting is very dim and comes mainly from street lamps. Most of the lighting in the street is red this is huge clue to the fact that this is a horror film.

  1. We were asked to interpret the movie El Arbole Seco meaning The Dry/Withered Tree, ...

    Persistence is the consistency in the hard work towards a goal. It can vary in degree of intensity. Eventually the movie shows that persistence pays off in a fruitful manner. Evidence from the Movie: 1. When he walks far away from home alone, to a well, to fetch some water for the tree.

  2. Analysis of The Blair Witch.

    * Heroine - Monster This convention creates a strong contrast between the two, having strong contrasts in texts allows for dramatic change surrounding the opposites, it can also create tension, suspense and the change of mood in the characters and the text.

  1. Explore the use of genre and narrative conventions in the opening sequence of Guy ...

    The use of a voice over in this particular film is conventional narrative device because of the genre of the film. The voice over provides a back story for the two characters running, Eddie and Bacon, who have been edited into slow motion.

  2. How does Crime Scene Investigation : Las Vegas, give the audience watching it pleasures?

    So much so that the DVDs would run out in the shops. The picture quality and the shots used in CSI resemble that of a computer game. The high angle fast paced shots and sharp sounds whilst doing so, are almost like a computer game.

  1. The Shawshank Redemption

    This concept fits in with the bible verse of ?? and the truth will set you free?. This leads the audience to believe that Andy was Red?s saviour in redeeming himself. Frank Darabot extends this concept further with the redemption of Andy Defresne.

  2. Star Wars (Episode IV 1977) Genre Theory and Narrative Theory

    him cross the threshold and in relation to narrative this gift is the Force. Luke finally puts himself in Obi-Wan's hands and begins to learn the ways of the Force in the story to help him with the main protagonists and hero?s quest.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work