Director: Sofia Coppola
Runtime: 90 minutes
Sofia Coppola brings us The Bling Ring, a movie based on true events from 2008-2010. Better known for movies such as Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette, The Bling Ring is another movie that Coppola can add to her list of good movies.
In The Bling Ring, a group of fame obsessed teenagers take on the task of breaking into celebrities’ homes and stealing their belongings, namely clothes and accessories. They use the internet to track the celebrity’s whereabouts, making sure they would not be at home.
Katie Chang plays Rebecca, who along with Marc (Israel Broussard), are the first two to start the ball rolling. The ringleaders if you will. They are soon joined by Emma Watson (who shot to stardom as Hermione from Harry Potter) as Nicki and Taissa Farmiga (better known to most from the first and third seasons of American Horror Story) as Sam. Shortly after they had started the burglaries, the four are joined by Chloe (Claire Julien) and Emily (Georgia Rock) making their band of merry men (or terrible teenagers) complete.
I love a crime movie, or a heist movie. They hold even higher standings with me if they are 1) based on a true story, and 2) really well made. I thought that Coppola did an amazing job with The Bling Ring. It was everything I expected it to be and more. I found the story interesting, and the acting was superb. Considering a relatively young cast, they all did a really good job.
The best performances came from Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga as far as I was concerned. They both managed to steal the screen every time they were on, and the two of them were only members of the group, they weren’t the movies protagonists.
I know the story was true, but I would still feel the same about this movie even if it wasn’t. I actually enjoyed the story; I found it to be fun and interesting. There was enough going on to keep me going throughout its entire length.
The Bling Ring - The Real Story
The Bling Ring was one of many names given to the group of thieves. They were also referred to as The Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch, The Burglar Bunch, Hollywood Hills Burglars (do you see a pattern forming here).
In total, the actual crimes were committed by 7 teenagers and young adults based in and around Calabasas, California. The gang robbed the homes of several celebrities between October 2008 and August 2009, with a few more unproven jobs to be done slightly after this date. Altogether they managed to pocket around $3,000,000 in cash and belongings from the homes.
Over 50 homes are reported to have been targeted, some, like Paris Hilton, were broken into on several occasions. A large amount of the stolen goods and cash is rumoured to have come from Hilton’s home.
The majority of the victims were female, due to the majority of the gang being female and wanting clothing or jewellery items for themselves.
What started as a twisted adventure soon cascaded into an organised criminal empire. The gang used google maps to obtain the addresses, and utilising a website believed to have been called celebrityaddressaerial.com to check the location of the property. The gang used celebrity schedules and celebrity news websites to find out when the chosen victim would be away working for a few days or out for the night at an event.
As well as Paris Hilton, other victims were confirmed to include Rachel Bilson, Orland Bloom and model girlfriend, Miranda Kerr, Brian Austin Green and then girlfriend (now wife) Megan Fox and Lindsay Lohan. Other potential targets were Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Hilary Duff, Vanessa Hudgens, Kourtney Kardashian and Hayden Panettiere.
The gangs reign of burglaries was brought to an end when one of them was caught on camera at one of the houses, and someone managed to recognise her. They all got various sentences, some serving jail time and others community service.