This is a wonderful example of how everything must happen in a certain sequence to obtain the end result. If Ray and Carla were faithful to their spouses, at least three people would not be dead. Each time an action is taken, there seems to be an equal (and certainly opposite of the desired) reaction.
The plot turns on a misapprehension, and when the audience realizes it, it appreciates the complexity of the story. As each new obstacle is thrown before the lovers, the viewer has the delicious sensation, “Oh, this is getting even better.”
The unexpected climax does not disappoint. It may not be the way we wish things would’ve worked out, but it seems to be the only way they could have.
Extra features included with The Square are a music video, deleted scenes, “Inside The Square” (somewhat tiresome making-of), “Pre-Visualization," and a deconstruction of special effects. The gem that makes getting the DVD really worthwhile, though, is the short film Spider.
Like The Square, Spider presents a story in which each moment builds on the last, and in less than ten minutes comes to its shocking (yet sick laugh-provoking) conclusion. Directed by The Square’s Nash Edgerton, Spider was dubbed “a sharp, sick tour de force” by The New York Time’s A.O. Scott. Scott also noted that Spider “stands on its own and serves as a jolting introduction to this director’s skill, sensibility and sense of humor.” It is definitely the kind of thing that develops a following.
Bottom Line: Would I buy/rent/stream The Square? Yes, it’s a well-crafted film. I would buy it just to have The Spider, which reflects on my sensibility (or lack of same) and sense of humor. Release date: August 24, 2010.