Set in real time, 'Ten Minutes' is a Black Comedy all about 'Andy' a high-flying magazine editor, and a ten-minute deadline. Andy, the son of magazine owner Brian Starks, has the task of looking after his fathers top magazine. His main problem is he's well out of his depth. Realising he only holds this position due to a) It is his father's business and b) he blackmailed his sister 'Jessica' into not taking the job as editor in chief. When we join Andy he's in jovial spirits as he is about to meet his first deadline with Ten Minutes spare. All he needs to do is press return on his computer keypad. As he does so a caption appears on the screen asking for the remaining nine images. This sends Andy into a mass panic as he looks franticly for a CD-rom. As he moves backwards to take a wider look, the wheel of his chair smashes the vital CD-Rom. Realising he has no pictures and a deadline of only ten-minutes, he now embarks on a frantic struggle for survival that ends in a downward spiral. ... Written by
A friend of mine from England showed the DVD to me when he came to visit - and I couldn't believe how lame and UN-tense this so-called thriller was... good god, where do I begin? The plot was un-original, acting surprisingly wooden (the director must be blamed), flabby editing and totally hokey sound design (the overuse of whip-pan sound was cringe-worthy). And the tension? It was about as tense as watching dry paint stay dry.
Then I watched the extras on the DVD. Lots of handy advice for new filmmakers, but I watched with amazement as the main crew "bigged-up" this film as if it was a genius early George Lucas effort. The fact it got a fancy screening at BAFTA beggared belief... and I thought the Aussie film industry only produced "try-hard" films.
I showed it to my film school lecturer just to make sure I wasn't being unduly naive in my reaction, and she was even more shocked at how bad it was, especially considering the budget that went into it.
If you Brits can produce utter genius like "Shaun Of The Dead", how on earth do you produce tripe like "Ten Minutes"?
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