YEAR OF RELEASE: 2010
Amazing what things you can stumble upon when scrolling Netflix with a friend on a Wednesday evening! This independently-made (yet sleek-looking) film starring David Hyde Pierce in the disturbing title role, for example!
The film is about a criminal on the run (Clayne Crawford) who cons his way into the wrong dinner party where the host (David Hyde Pierce) is anything but ordinary. The film starts off interestingly enough, throwing you straight into the criminal’s frantic flight. The film continues its momentum as you begin to learn more and more about this criminal, partially from his crafty and resourceful methods, and partially through flashbacks. Enter David Hyde Pierce into the plot, in a thoroughly bizarre role (in which he made an acting choice that included an even more bizarre gait). As the host’s true colors are revealed to both the audience and our criminal, the con starts to regret his choice to hide in this home.
David Hyde Pierce’s performance in this film certainly is something. While he makes some very interesting (some may say odd) acting choices with the role, I believe he served the role well and accomplished his purpose in the part. Clayne Crawford as criminal John Taylor was formidable opposite to David Hyde Pierce. Even more, hroughout the film, he effectively wins the audience over, and we begin to root for this criminal to escape.
As I mentioned earlier, for an independent film, it certainly seemed well-financed. The lighting and camera work on this film were actually quite nice. And the editing was actually really fantastic, quite possibly my favorite part of the film. The film never loses momentum, and the flashbacks to the events leading to our protagonist’s crime suck us further into the story. The music, however, was at times inconsistent and had the sense of trying to hard to be edgy. The sound work was a tad sloppy in parts, but overall okay. The story has a very, very interesting concept. It depends much on plot twists, so I won’t reveal them here. However, there are certain things in the script that don’t seem fully thought out. But overall, the suspense and the plot turns will keep you interested enough.
While definitely a strange film experience, a viewing of this film certainly isn’t without reward. The intriguing story concept, skillful performances, and great editing will keep you eager to know what happens next.
My Grade: C+