Wednesday, April 20, 2016

BODY (2015)

Written & Directed: Dan Berk & Robert Olsen 
Cinematography By: Matt Mitchell 
Editor: Bryan Gaynor 

Cast: Helen Rodgers, Alexandra Turshen, Lauren Molina, Larry Fessenden, Adam Cornelius
A night out turns deadly when three girls break into a seemingly empty mansion. --The three main female character are attractive each in their own Way and representing a a different reaction to an accident.

They all in their performances do what is asked of them.

Though this is one of those films where to keep the action and film going. They make one mistake after another and through panic. Make the situations much worse. Then go into essential roles and reactions to what is going on. The one who is more moral, the worker who has so much to lose, the thinker who is the more conniving.

The film is short only 75 minutes, so there isn't too much to say or have an opinion on. This feels like the film version of a novella. Very thin and simple. Luckily this doesn't leave too much room for the film to be drawn out. It offers a few thrills as different problems and interruptions present themselves.

This premise might have made for a better short, but can understand why it needed the extra length. As we are able to see the girls before the accident and their relationship as well as repore and find out their backgrounds leading up. It situates itself immediately and takes command and fills in some history, but we really don't know the characters until maybe the end.

With nothing else going on behind the scenes or subconsciously. The film feels bare and empty almost stretched out. So that while it has it's moments of visual flair and uncomfortable tone. When going over their stories to tell the cops and the last act where things begin to get cooking. There isn't too much substance to go off of. As it feels like it has a bunch of filler. It needed some distractions. If it was going to be as long. As it plays bare, straight and direct.

At least the director and film has a clear vision. That makes everything transparent.

This is one of those Thrillers that asks the audience to sympathize with the characters. Where it constantly wants us to know and ask ourselves what would we do in the same situation. While raising the stakes little by little.

Though the film should be more thrilling as it has all the ingredients, but while it introduces ideas and some gruesome moments more for the Actors and their characters. As far as the morals and actions or never achieved that surprise element or that danger that films of this type thrive on.

As it's quick to wrap itself up before it reaches too many edge of your seat moments, or gives any real fear when it comes to the characters. It seems to run out of gas. Pulling to the side of the road and getting towed back home as it gives up too quickly. So that there is barely anything here to really talk about or take in.


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