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Put this movie on your agenda
Eaglegrafix from United States
5 December 2008
There are some obvious signs that this is a low budget movie. But that
does not mean it is poorly done or not entertaining. The lack of actors
with leading role ability is probably the most obvious sign.
The strongest element in this film is the story. Every good film must
have a good story and Agenda has that. Is the movie a mystery or
thriller or dramatic? Yes, all three but mostly a mystery. Talking
about the story risks giving the movie away so I will not describe any
part of it. This is one movie where a careless spoiler will ruin the
movie for the viewer. There are enough twists to the plot that you will
find yourself trying to figure it out and predict the next happening.
The weakest part of this movie is probably the lighting and camera
work. Not the direction of the camera but the actual handling of the
camera. It seems to have that hand held feel even where that effect
does not really work. Today's audiences are getting used to shaky
camera work an probably do not object to it. Light direction was often
mediocre with some scenes very well done and others very flat. Often
interiors lacked depth.
The acting by some of the leading characters lacked luster and was
sloppy. John Bennett Perry seemed to approach his role with a yawn,
like he was bored with it. Not surprising since so much of his work has
been guest roles on TV shows and he has never really carried a strong
leading role. Supposedly in a semi-heavy role, Perry fails. Lead actor
Robert Rusler has a similar resume but manages to deliver a bit more
convincing job (most of the time). Eliana Alexander delivers the best
of the top three roles. She has a Jane Seymour quality to both her
looks and acting that is enjoyable.
In the end it is a fun movie to watch, not an earthshaking masterpiece
but an entertaining distraction worth seeing in the theatre or on DVD.
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