12 March 2019 | scruffychancellor
Great promise, skilled directing, overdone genre
As a cohost of Collateral Cinema Movie Podcast, I watched and analyzed this film when we covered it on our most recent Indie Movie Review mini-episode! That being said, the first thing that stuck out to me was the attachment to realism. This is allowed by Jed Brian's use of the found-footage genre, and I think he fully achieves what he is trying for. However, the problem here is, the genre as a whole has been completely oversaturated, so I wouldn't say there is anything new or innovative here... and yet, I see a remarkable potential. With limited resources as a first-time writer, director, and starring actor-which is why we can admit the found-footage genre was actually a good choice, despite its flaws-Mr. Brian was able to pull off a thoroughly convincing narrative. And the way that narrative itself flows, and accompanying it the ratio of exposition to action, is where the twist ultimately derives from, although I dare not spoil that for you by being more descriptive. In fact, go watch it! With an Amazon Prime membership the movie is free to watch at the time of the writing, so I encourage everyone to give it a shot, and see what I mean when I say that Jed Brian has a future in the film industry... just with content that's maybe a little more original.
TL;DR: While this movie suffers from an oversatured genre, these problems aren't to blame on the directing or writing, and in fact, utilizing what resources were available, it's easy to see potential in its creator, and what he could do in a different kind of movie, and it's really worth checking out!
TL;DRTL;DR: Read title. And seriously, go check it out!
If you're interested in my and my cohosts' full thoughts, you can check out Collateral Cinema's short, spoiler-free review/analysis on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Podbean, Spotify, YouTube, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts!