Top critical review
Bad Acting, Bad Writing, Bad Cinematography
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2019
I saw the trailer for this movie posted in a group for Cincinnati indie movies, so I figure I’d put my Amazon Prime to use for watching a movie for the first time. Plus, it’s always fun to watch a movie with local spots you can recognize.
Before the movie, I watched the trailer. It was weird. There was a guys voiceover on top of scenes that didn’t fit… like watching a bad foreign film where you see the lips move and the english comes out a few seconds later. The trailer did not pull me in, was too long… but I was already committed to watch the movie.
I figure the best way to give feedback is to write a review as I watch the movie, so here goes:
Starting off, I notice the sound design is a bit shaky… the transitions from the background music to dialogue is harsh and felt a touch rushed. As the scene of the guy putting the pictures together came on… I almost thought the movie was on a skip loop. The same shot over and over… 4 solid minutes of moving pictures on a table. It was frustrating, and would have been the PERFECT place to put in opening credits or title sequence.
The garage scene had one of our main characters in a back & forth dialogue scene completely out of focus. Same thing in Cathedral Park scene. There were a few more scenes that had the background locked on focus and not our characters. Minor mistake, but it became distracting.
Halfway through, I can say the actor portraying Sarah has been the performance to watch. Donnie’s brother had a decent delivery as well. Noah was ok. Donnie, Mike, and Sarah’s fellow capturees were almost distracting in their performance. Their lines didn’t seems natural which made the emotions seem forced/fake.
Very out of place / disjointed traffic-scene transitions. They felt like stock clips just thrown in. Like when Donnie and Noah were in the car… why did we need to see time-lapse cars??
The fight choreography needed a touch of polish. Seemed like watching a first take of a practice fight.
The ending was so haphazardly written and out of place and out of character. Having struggled through that much of the poorly made movie was only made worse by the nonsensical ending.
Overall this movie was pretty bad. It had promise of having some sort of mind-twist or epic ending, but left me feeling empty and disappointed. The shaky camera work, out of focus characters shots, poorly places transitions, and harsh sound design made it hard to watch. The performance of Sarah is the only shining light in this film. The fact that the 2 actors displayed on Amazon as “starring” is a shame that it wasn’t her. In total… It felt like watching a high-school film project. Would recommend to up and coming directors for teaching moments, but for entertainment… not so much.