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Marcus (2006)

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A troubled young man returns home for Christmas in an attempt to reconcile with his estranged sister. Her alleged boyfriend shows up and turns the holiday dinner into a dark, disturbing night of violence and terror.

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It's Christmas time. Roger returns home to reconcile with his younger sister, Brooke, who he hasn't seen in almost three years. He arrives with his new fiancée, Gwen, only to find out that Brooke is nowhere to be seen. To make matters worse, he's greeted by his estranged friend, Charles, and his ex-girlfriend, Kate, who have come to meddle in the evening's festivities. Suspicious of their intentions, Roger tries to keep his volatile temper at bay while everyone waits for Brooke to get home. Brooke's alleged boyfriend, Marcus, enters the house unexpectedly and assures the group that Brooke will be there shortly. As time passes, and her whereabouts still remain unknown, the night takes a disturbing turn. Roger's unsavory past comes to light as Marcus's true intentions explode into a shocking display of violence and deception. Written by Anonymous

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Had Potential
1 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie had potential but was doomed within the first 10 minutes. Missing was any sense of rhythm or dynamic arc to the story. Major plot points at the end of act 1 and 2 were hard to find. What was a shame was the actors seemed like they had something more to offer. They seemed like they could have given much stronger performances. Instead we get a group of people together that are impossible because everyone is mad at each other or grumbling at each other the entire time. This seems like intentional directing of the actors rather than the performances brought by the actors themselves. The protagonist is uncertain - was it the boyfriend or was it the brother? These two characters the entire time talked in grumbles and demands the entire way through. Now if I showed up at my sister's house and met her new boyfriend and all he did from the very start was order me around and never smile or act welcoming, I'd think I'd immediately think he's psychotic. This never seems to cross anyone's mind. If these characters had some life, the story would have had a chance - in fact, I think it might have almost worked where you actually rooted for the boyfriend. If you are forced to watch it, think about that.

Technically, the sound was well done. Music was fine. Lighting seemed like they were going for the film noir/old time mystery feel but it was a little under lit for a lot of it. Some of the shots were memorable. The edit seemed fine. The failure of this movie happened while in front of the camera and in the script itself - I think it would be hard to recut any better from what I saw. It would have been nice to see how much we could have learned to love Marcus, the boyfriend as the psycho that he is.


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