Review by Dan Skip Allen
Attention Attention is the name of the sixth studio album from the rock band Shinedown. Shinedown consists of lead singer Brent Smith, Zach Myers on guitar, Eric Bass on bass, and Barry Kerch on drums. I wouldn't be lying if I said Shinedown is my favorite band. They pack venues all over the world with their amazing sound and innovative lyrics. Now they have a movie based on their album Attention Attention.
Attention Attention is basically a rock opera such as American Idiot from Green Day or The Wall from Pink Floyd. It consists of all the songs on Attention Attention in video form combined together to make a movie. Songs such as "Devil", "Monsters", "Human Radio", and "Brilliant" are some of the best of the bunch, but "Get Up" is like a crescendo of sound and uplifting energy and enjoyment. It's by far the best segment in the film.
Each of the videos is divided into segments of the film that have their unique flavor and flair. Some of them were darker and more depressing, but that's the nature of the songs. The others are positive and inspiring. This album has so many different kinds of songs but as a whole, they fit together very nicely. This film is a beautiful mix of all these amazing songs.
The videos have actors playing characters in them and they cross over into the other videos. This crossover of actors and actresses helps lend a kind of consistency to the film. Seeing the recurring actors helps the viewer get some clarity while watching the film. The videos/songs go from one to the next.
Bill Yukich wrote and directed this film with the help of Brent Smith and others. Even with the different kinds of songs and tones to each video, he melds them all into a confluence of beautiful sounds and a cinematic mastery. The colors and real cinematography of the videos make this fever dream of music combined with great messages of how people think, feel, and act towards others as well as ourselves.
As a fan of Shinedown, this isn't going to be a surprise, but I loved this film based on their sixth album. It has a great mix of songs and dramatic performances. That mix was well executed by Bill Yukich and the band. I never thought I'd see a rock opera based on a Shinedown album, but I'm glad I did. It's not on the level of some of the classics of the genre but it's a very solid film. I could watch it over and over again and jam out to the songs.
Attention Attention is now available on VOD.