DVD Review: What We Do Is Secret

It all started with a germ.

Shot almost documentary style, What We Do Is Secret is a biopic about The Germ's front man, Darby Crash. (Shane West) We start off with Darby and band mates Pat Smear, (Rick Gonzalez) Lorna Doom (Bijou Phillips) and their countless drummers in high school. They don't know how to play their instruments, they just decide to form a band and play a show first. The film follows them through their underground success in the Punk scene, and ends with Crash's overdose.

The first thing I noticed about this film was the horrible back drops. Parts of this film were obviously shot on a stage and the backgrounds looked horribly fake at times. The acting was hard to watch, when you read or watch interviews and footage of the Germs, you see that the characters in this film act nothing like them. You can tell a lot of effort was put into this film, some of the lines in the film were deep, then were muddled by the rest of the crappy screenplay. Shane West even sang for the Germs in real life when they went on a reunion tour, but the pay off just wasn't great. Worst of all, the film is forgettable. Unlike the Germs, who certainly left their mark in the punk rock world.

I honestly just feel bad for the movie. It tried so hard.

Recommended: No

Grade: D

Memorable Quote: "It's the Germ Burn. 40 years from now, you'll be getting groceries, and you'll see it on the cashier, and you'll know: They were part of it." - Darby Crash (Shane West)


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