An okay dogme-95 type of examination on Reality Websites
FinalCut.com or Suicide as it is called in Troma's American release, is another DV movie, that longs to be gritty by being shot handycam style with the cameraman/character combination done in that pseudo documentary style that was popular late nineties to around 2000 , that seems to be in least in that dogme 95 aesthetic where you come to a location as is for a set, use only your camera mic for the sound, very minimal music and sound effects (most music being played on set by a stereo somewhere), no studio light just practicals, what seems to be improvisation by the actors,etc. One of those movies where it seems the only budgets was ten dollar mini-dv tapes, and the actors salaries if they were paid.
The movies about a couple who film suicides for a website(that we never see in the movie or see them work on, just hear about) that they then think will be juicy/or exploitative to make them money or something .The movie seems to be trying to comment on that kind of Reality T.V./ Rotten.com /Faces of death exploitation though it's never very clear why they're doing it, except to maybe get a cheap thrill or make a little money and it's definitely not clear why the people committing suicide are allowing themselves to be videotaped.
Anyway, the movie's basic flow is a long kind of confessional suicide by some person, and then a short interlude with the couple commenting on how the footage of that suicide went, as they drive in the car to the next suicide to film. You never really get to know much about the main characters, and you never see the people who are committing suicide for the video's other than the short time before they do themselves in, so the viewer longs for more depth to the subject matter or more characterization. This approach could be explained away into the very minimal nature of the movie, but it comes off as too minimal, as if it's begging for you to read more into it than it's really delivering. The movie definitely as a staccato kind of rhythm with these scenes in this storytelling style, but it's also that repetition that makes you start to lose interest in each new scenes similarities.
The movie kind of plays on that whole filmmaker documenting killer of abuser of some sort who inadvertedly starts to participate in the killing or exploitation that he's filming, and may start to enjoy it. (You definitely get the feeling that the filmmakers saw "Man bites Dog" or "Series 7", but those two movies pull it off better). The movie also plays with the thought, that maybe the first suicides were faked as to get get participation by suicidal people later. But those two potentially juicy subjects are not developed enough either in spite of or because of it's minimalist/earnest style.
On the upside, some of it's pretty well acted for the most part (some of the suicides don't ring true, but are they supposed to at first?) It definitely has some moments that our bit disturbing (which is why you're probably interested in the movie) it's too short at 85 minutes to completely drag the concept out too far, and the style works for the movie (though you can never tell with these types of movies, whether the moviemakers thought:I got this really interesting disturbing idea for a movie lets make it lo-fi/ or, we could quickly, cheaply, and easily make a lo-fi/dogme type of movie what would make people watch it.)
Anyway, I'm going on tangents. I would give this movie about a five, it moderately keeps your attention for it's duration, but it could be much a jucier subject, and the movie's not nearly as disturbing or provocative as it wants to be.
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