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Undercurrent (I) (2012)

 -  Drama  -  16 August 2012 (Canada)
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A skilled young hit man is new in town and hooks up with a prominent local crime family. Trusted with his first hit, things go decidedly off-course when he discovers his target was hiding much darker secrets than Ray was prepared for.

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Ray is new in town and needs work. Unlike most young men his age, Ray has taken a much darker path in his career - he's a hit man. A former solider, war has brought out the darkness within him. Using his connections, Ray quickly hooks up with a prominent local crime family and is almost immediately given his first assignment. He sets out to handle the task at hand but upon arrival he immediately senses that something is off. The situation is much worse than anyone could have expected. What he discovers changes him forever and sets him on an alternate path to set straight the dark, twisted turn of events that he's had the misfortune of stumbling onto. Written by Alienated Toad Productions

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Goofy, amateurish and involuntarily funny
9 January 2014 | by (Brussels, Belgium) – See all my reviews

This movie has to be one of the worst if not the worst I've ever come across.

It looks and feels like a student film, as clearly the budget for this film was minimal. But then, any student able to gather this amount of resource, be it time, material or cast, could have done better.

The locations on the film are minimalist, which in itself is not a crime, were it not that they're dwelt upon much too long. The camera is amateurish, unable to convey the visual tension it wants to create. It utterly and miserably fails to add visually to the gray and uninteresting shots, often making beginner's mistakes.

The cast is of the same mold. The main character is so under-cast, it makes the whole movie feel goofy and funny in a wrong way. This guy is a wuss! Who will ever believe he's a cool killer? His sidekick (Matthew Stefiuk) finishes him off. Even though his character is cliché and misses some original lines to make him believable, the guy comes alive and makes some scenes worthwhile to watch. Most of the other characters suffer from wrong casting and sloppy or nonexistent direction.

The story is a clumsy, boring rehash of countless predecessors theming pro killers and child abuse. The hero's quest has no thrill to it, as there is no tension build-up. Developments come and go, leaving the spectator confused as to what is detail and what is central narrative. Wrong timing? There is no timing! All the parts are sown together in a random way. Things are left out that should be there, scenes are overlong when there is nothing to be learned from them. Key characters are not shown. Here one of the main weaknesses of the project is evident: the director does not know what he can or can't achieve and thus will often overplay his hand. Overexposure of mediocre actors robs their parts of any credibility they might have despite the amateurish setting they have to overcome.

As a student project, this movie is not totally without merit. However, asking money from spectators for this is unforgivable.


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