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Darren Huenemann, a spoiled 18-year old plots to have two classmates murder his mother and grandmother so he can inherit their fortunes. His worship of Caligula leads him to treat all like those in the Roman Imperial Court, manipulating, threatening and cajoling those who would stand in his way. Based on a true story of the early Nineties in British Columbia. Written by
Darren was a friend of mine in high school before he moved to Vancouver Island. I knew him up until he was taken into custody, and visited their home many times in Saanich. I didn't know his two friends portrayed in the film, and won't comment much on their performances (enjoyable and effective). Most creepy for me was to see his attempt at drowning his grandmother in their home in Tsawwassen, as I recalled he came over to my house to visit immediately afterwards.
Eric's portrayal is nothing short of brilliant. The mannerisms, the sudden outbursts of profanity, the intensity, his odd manner with other people... they were all there on the screen. It is obvious he spent a fair amount of time with Darren in preparation for the role.
Overlooked, perhaps, will be the performance of his mother, which gave me chills in recalling her memory.
There were other factors (most notably, his heavily involved RPG addiction and it's significant impact) involved in Darren's descent, but they were wisely chose to focus on his obsession with Caligula, and the words of Camus' brilliant play bring a haunting classic style to the film at times.
While some bits were a tad overdone (I recall his car being a Toyota Supra without personalized plates, not a BMW, and I never saw him wear a cravat, for instance) for effect, this is not to be missed.
Cheers to the film makers, and the actors. Thank you.
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