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The Candidate (2010)

| Short, Mystery, Thriller
An underhanded company man is offered assistance by a secret organization that immerses him in forces beyond his control.

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David Karlak
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Credited cast:
Robert Picardo ... Carl Tucker
Tom Gulager Tom Gulager ... Burton Grunzer
Meghan Markle ... Kat
Vyto Ruginis ... Alexander
P.J. Byrne ... Paul
Thomas F. Duffy ... Whitman Hayes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melissa Ayala Melissa Ayala ... Office Worker
Angie Blair Angie Blair ... Office Worker
Esther Claire Esther Claire ... Office Worker
Brett Forbes ... Security Guard
Ben Friday Ben Friday ... Office Worker
Diane Ayala Goldner ... Woman in Elevator
Harwood Gordon Harwood Gordon ... Office Worker
John Gulager ... Man in Elevator
Mariela I'V ... Co-star office colleague
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An underhanded company man is offered assistance by a secret organization that immerses him in forces beyond his control.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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The Candidate See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Drumbeater Productions See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Show Don't Tell
2 March 2014 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

THE CANDIDATE seems to have garnered a lot of praise on this page being a dark exploration of human nature set against the background of corporate capitalism . I'm being extremely contrarian when I say wasn't all that impressed by it . It's by no means dreadful but as Bob said it's very much like one of those stories you might have seen in THE TWILIGHT ZONE or in an American version of TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED

David Karlak uses an all too obvious directorial technique in order to tell the story , one of constant incidental music that is both intrusive and manipulative which outlasts its welcome . He also uses a bit too much close up in order try and get a sense of mounting tension . That said one thing that is impressive from a technical viewpoint is the editing especially at the end as the last scenes are cut with the titles .

The story itself revolves around the denouement where the rug is well and truly pulled out from the audiences feet and I wasn't able to second guess the twist at the end , but sadly the story only exists because of the twist . It's interesting that the audience will no doubt be on the side of Burton since most of us will be relatively low on the work ladder and hold grudges against those higher up . This is the problem Burton is shown to do nothing to make himself any enemies and the narrative suffers from a lack of show don't tell . As it stands THE CANDIDATE is okay but never really a candidate for classic short film


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