I Meade are taking Anne Heche and Tom Jane - both of them are extremely good actors. But for some reason...they took these roles. The script is just garage unrealistic n any fashion. The other actors are only marginal.
The only actors in this film that know what they are doing are the seasoned actors and "non-actors" that are only 50 years old.
The cinematography, sets/scene setting, writing, costumes...all very amateurish. The only plus side, shakycam is kept to a bare minimum.
Found footage films from every angle have been done, so you better know what you are doing if you jump into that side of the pool - this film does not cover that area.
Unless you want to feel like you are watching a film done in a college dorm room by students that think they know more than they actually do...this movie is not for you. Better off spending quarantine time watching films made before 2000.
Just another example of people using close friends and family for actors to make a film with a video camera.
It is horrible from the first second in to the rolling credits out.
It's almost as if people haven't watched any truly excellent films at all, then think - hey I can buy/rent/borrow this camera and make something ...well no you can't.
Granted you don't need films school to make a blockbuster. But you do need to have a handle on the nuts and bolts of cinematography, filters, editing, actors, scene-setting, lighting and on and on and on....Oh and don't forget the script you need a solid script.
This true story is there for eveyone to work with - but this film fell so flat it is like a sheet of Saran Wrap. Skip this movie, and you are welcome for the warning.
Like everyone has pointed out this movie is a letdown.
Something changed and not for the better.
Train to bus an was an ultimate breakthrough SK zombie flick, it is great.. and it is clearly SK, which makes it unique in every way, storyline, cinematography, sets, SUPERIOR acting, and so on.
This movie - I cant pinpoint it - but it is way too Americanized it's as if the writers or production company were pressured or influenced by american companies and/or writers.
If you are a super movie buff - then you know the days of great American made movies are long gone and now the shining starts are international films and/or independent films where they can do whatever they like without bowing to string pullers.
Now this movie...just lost what it had from the first one...no idea what or who changed it...but, not good.
It takes some time for the characters to build - once they do they story is so entertaining.
IMDb does a good job for the summary so I won't do that again. But costumes, set, you name it...this film nailed it. All the actors fit the roles perfectly.
Such a shame what Hollywood has become - compared to this.
And yes without question this can be watched by families and children of ALL ages...nothing to worry about in the least.
Come on ....did no one at all listen to the audio levels...at all? I mean this is such a fascinating story ....if you can hear it.
Betty's voice is very muffled and quiet, and they decided to play a sound track throughout the entire documentary. So you crank the volume way up to hear her...then all of a sudden they insert other people speaking or a newsreel and it blasts your ears and speakers.
There is nothing coming out worth watching this included.
Renting a huge house for filming, using a drone for footage does not make a good movie.
No idea what "true story" this is based on but I doubt it....I mean anyone that has ever moved does not write the word "basement" on white paper then tape it at an angle on a moving box. It's things like this that go on and on in stupidity.
And if your ears don't bleed from the - I think they call it word or vocal fry - of the women speaking.....the S's really make your ears WANT to bleed.
The musical/sound score had to be done by someone high school kids.
The entire script is good except for a handful of glaring things left out or in need of changing.
First the musical score is horrendous and it does have an effect on setting certain scenes.
The acting is not great at all.
In my opinion they needed to push more of the point/theme that the governmental corruption is so engrained it is as much as breathing over there...including the sad fact that the biggest and I mean BIGGEST problem is the parents and grandparents willingly selling them into this.
Reality - The families know exactly what they children, babies, toddlers are going to be doing, they don't care they sell them. If the child comes back home after they have been at a safe house for schooling and counseling - the family tells them to go back to the brothel to make the family more money - since they were already there and know how it is.
They also missed the point on the sick men that buy these children. It is not only white western men. They missed the mark on showing how rich Asian men buy them as well as Muslim men and AA men...
This story needs to be told, but it really needed to be done differently and be more inclusive of the men that buy them and families that do not care a t all.
Yet again another fine example of Hollywood ripping off great things from the past, re-filming them and slapping their name on it - as if they created it. Even Wikipedia states reference to - Stopover In A Quiet Town; twilight zone. It's clear the imagery is taken from Stepford Wives.
Nothing makes sense, there is no story, just one long nonsensical movie trying to ride off the back of something better.
Keep in mind if you live in SoCal you understand this is not really a true take on junkies (most of us here have one or more in the family) - it is a joke about junkies. And yes my opinion you should be able to joke about things without Everyone jumping on the PC police wagon.
This is something not to take serious, but crack a beer eat bbq, relax have a laugh - heck they even tossed in a Russian talking about the Armenians. The three characters pretty much covered most of the personality type - there is always one junkie worried about unpaid warrants and driving.
Cinematography/scene setting was done nicely, clothing/costumes realistic. It's all just a fun average weekend movie.