Nathan Chapel is a terminally ill comic book artist who possesses a lifelong obsession with death and a voyeuristic preoccupation with his neighbor Sarah. When the Grim Reaper itself pays Nathan a visit, he must confront his greatest fears and choose between life and death, love and redemption. Written by
I've gotta be honest, mid-way through this film, I was almost ready to turn it off since the film just didn't seem to appeal to me. Boy am I glad I didn't, as the film really shot into high gear in the second half.
The film is about an odd artist who makes graphic novels that star the Grim Reaper. The problem is that the artist is now dying of cancer and the novels seem all too real. Much of his time is spent as a voyeur--staring at his lovely neighbor. The rest is spent gasping for air and contemplating his own death. Fun stuff to watch? You've gotta be kidding! However, the film really picks up when he witnesses the actual Reaper appear and kill a hobo! Perhaps because of his own imminent death he's able to see the guy--even though it isn't yet his time! But, late in the film, when he's spying on his neighbor, he spots the Reaper about to claim her as well! This is when he springs into action and refuses to just stand back and let Death have her.
The film is amazingly graphic in spots. You really think that the guy is dying thanks to a wonderful performance by Jai Koutrae. Unfortunately, though, to heighten the realism, you see him spitting up massive amounts of blood from time to time (yuck). While disgusting, I guess I could see the justification for doing this. But the blood, very adult content and nudity in the film DEFINITELY make this a film for adults.
Finally, kudos to first-time director Marc Furmie. He has an amazingly deft hand and the film looked so professional--I could hardly believe he hadn't directed up until this film. Hopefully, if the right people see this, he'll have no trouble finding work from now on!!
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