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Brian A. Miller
A very well made, but simple psychological thriller
I actually decided to watch this film due to the widely varying critique on it. The mere fact that it has seemly drawn in on a 'love it or hate it' response from its viewers really intreiged me. Be under no illusion, that this was most likely intended, and the part of a very intelligent plan to create a talking point, thus providing this film with this platform - this in its own right is a tremendous achievement.
Always know what it is that you are seeking before you made the agreement with yourself to watch a film - especially if you aren't a fan of surprises - this is what I would say to those who have shared a negative view.
I would say however that this film doesn't sell itself to be something that it is not. It is very good at serving the very purpose it is clear meant to. It's simple, it's thought provoking, and it is easy to watch on a Sunday afternoon, when your board of watching explosions or the perfect Hollywood romance blossom within 90 minutes of running time.
Yes this film will make you use your brain.. so if your after epic special effects and huge battle scenes this one isn't for you. However, if you enjoy reading, and using your mind to connect the dots and fill in the gaps, this is absolutely worthy of a watch.
It clearly attempts to mimic high budget US crime thrillers, which at times can be frustrating when this film clearly didn't have the same budget, but on the whole, I did enjoy it.
The acting on the whole was very good, but being lessor known actors, I think you have a job to make viewers fall for you. This is especially important when portraying a 'hero'. Perhaps it is fair to say, we needed just a little more from the lead in order to achieve this. This however I think was more a job for the writers and the director.
Other than this, I thought it was a very intelligibly executed effort to do something on a clearly low budget that many have failed to do with a much greater budget.
It's an 8/10 for me for effort, but I'd be very enthused to see what they are capable of with more resources.
I note that this film has won over 10 internationally recognised rewards from those who know far more about film making than I do - for a reason. Perhaps this film needs to appreciate from the perspective of quality film making rather than to be classically 'entertaining' which it is not, the whole way through. It is however a cinematic achievement. I would be very interested to learn what budget they actually had. I suspect in the thousands rather than the millions.
Some of the negative reviews are too harsh, and I suspect these viewers were expecting Iron man 4, rather than the reality of watching a film that is almost like watching your thoughts play out in front of you when reading a good book.
Beautiful scenery, although I found the backdrop a little mundane at times. It could have maybe benefited from some cityscape in the beginning before taking us to the secluded location where the events unfold.
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