My review for One Hour Fantasy Girl over at www.moviecynics.com
Have you ever wanted something so badly that you would do anything just to obtain it? If so, how far would you go? These are the questions that you may be asking yourself after viewing No Restrictions Entertainments latest film; One Hour Fantasy Girl.
One Hour Fantasy Girl, which is based on a true story, tells the tale of Becky Lewis (Kelly-Ann Tursi). Becky, a 20 year old who is struggling to make a living in downtown L.A., aspires to make it in the real estate business, but because of her financial woes, she is unable to. As a result, she decides to become a "fantasy girl"; a dominatrix of sorts who will do anything you want (except for kissing or sex) for an hour. During her time as a "fantasy girl", Becky meets some shady individuals, an odd real estate agent named Sal (John Buckley Gordon probably the best character in the movie) and a guy who appears to be her saving grace but is he really too good to be true? To be honest with you, I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of this movie mainly because I don't see too many independent films that impress me much but, this film was actually, quite surprisingly, well done. The film has some solid direction, some decent acting and, for the most part, is decently written.
The film's director, Edgar Michael Bravo, puts together a wonderful looking film that is dark and complex, yet, somehow, he manages to make the film look beautiful and simplistic. Bravo's only blemish comes from the writing. I said before that the writing was, for the most part, decent. I used "for the most part" because there are two characters that have their own thing going on that is kind of relevant to the story, but not necessarily needed. To make matters worse, Bravo throws in a twist. The good thing about the twist is that you don't see it coming which is a good thing since most twists these days you see coming a mile away but the bad thing about the twist is that it's very random and you're left sitting there going, "Huh?".
The acting is pretty much hit or miss. The two acting highlights of the film come from Kelly-Ann Tursi and John Buckley Gordon. Tursi is the heart and soul of this movie if it wasn't for her the viewer wouldn't be emotionally attached to anyone in the film and probably wouldn't give a damn about it. Her performance single handedly saves this movie. As for John Buckley Gordon, he provides some comedic elements to the film that bring a breath of fresh air to the film by briefly brightening the mood of the story for a few moments. The rest of the cast, however, is pretty poor. I don't want to say that their bad actors or anything like that, it's just that I found their acting in this film to be rather bland and emotionless there are even moments when these actors appear to be rushing through the dialogue and, because of this, it kind of kills the pacing of the film.
No Restrictions Entertainments' One Hour Fantasy Girl has its weak moments, but, overall, turns out being a pleasant surprise.
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