It’s been a long time since I had the pleasure of reviewing an independent film – I think my last one was for SLIFF last year. But I harbor a specific passion for them, and I wanted to get back into them. So as I combed through the numerous spreadsheets and e-mails, I noticed there was a couple I had neglected that were sent to me. One of them was Solutions, sent to me by one of our frequent contributors Timothy J. Cox – whose IMDB page is an ever growing list of independent films, and worth a look if you’re looking for a talented actor.
I wasn’t slain by Solutions, but I enjoyed it. The story itself was pretty good – essentially there’s a hitman (David P.B. Stephens) who begins to share the family business with his son (Oise Ohiwerei). This particular iteration of the passing of the torch story involves a millionaire who wants to be mayor, and wants to hire this guy to help him do so. The millionaire in question is a pompous man by the name of James Cross, played by Mr. Cox. The acting in this is worth mentioning only for Cox and Stephens. Both sink into their roles respectively. Mr. Ohiwerei doesn’t quite have the same experience, and his Mason is a bit too reactionary – with cartoonish reactions to different things. When allowed to simply act without speaking, he’s much better – but he unfortunately doesn’t have the chance to stay silent, as the movie starts with him speaking and continues on from there.
The technical aspects of the film have some improvement throughout the film, particularly in the beginning diner scenes. There are some really choppy edits between the full screen view of the conversation taking place and the close-ups. Couple that with the inability to get fully rid of the background noise (which may have been a conscious choice, I’ll admit) which makes some of the dialogue difficult to hear or understand. But these do get better as the movie goes.
The script is average, leaning towards talented, particularly in the scenes between the adults.
Overall, the short is worth a watch, but I found it to be only slightly above average. Look for more shorts/independents coming from me soon!
For more on this film, check out IMDB.
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