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The Center (2015)

An intense, boldly cinematic new vision which focuses on a cult-like group and the vulnerable young man who becomes involved in their agenda.

Director:

Charlie Griak
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Cici Matt Cici ... Ryan Marek
Judd Einan ... Vincent Alexander - the center
Amanda Day ... Nancy - the center
Ramon Pabon Ramon Pabon ... Leon - the center
Roger Wayne ... Paul - the center
H.T. Altman ... Chaz - the center
Annie Einan ... Allison Marek - home
Jane Froiland Jane Froiland ... TV Interview - the center
Megan Hensley ... Annika - the center
Rachael Davies Rachael Davies ... Kelly - the center
Shawn Patrick Boyd ... Eric - the center (as Shawn Boyd)
Judith Razieli Judith Razieli ... Ryan's Mother - home
Chris Hadland Chris Hadland ... Janitor - work
Justin Diehl Justin Diehl ... Aaron - work
Dan Carroll Dan Carroll ... Tim - work
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Storyline

He has a new chance at a new life, but is it worth the cost? Ryan is not unlike millions of people - fresh out of college, a dead-end job, and an endless search for meaning in his life. Offered a new start via a self-help group, simply known as The Center, and their highly charismatic leader Vincent, Ryan soon finds himself enmeshed in a world that seemingly offers him hope. But, there is a dark side to everything, and The Center has many secrets. Charlie Griak's debut feature paints a fascinating and tense portrait of desperation and those that prey upon it. Written by Michael Rabehl,Director of Programming Cinequest Film Festival

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cult | See All (1) »

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Your thoughts create your reality.

Genres:

Drama

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Official Sites:

Official Site | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Griak Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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No Explosions Necessary
23 April 2015 | by gwhelleSee all my reviews

In recent years, the popularity of a movie has been based more on the number of explosions, car chases, and other fun, flashy things than its grip on reality. Now, don't get me wrong. I love seeing a world eating robot blow up as much as the next person, but it is nice to have the director trust that I have a little more depth than that (albiet not likely much). With this in mind, it was refreshing to be able to sit down to The Center and see a real person living in the real world facing real challenges.

The directorial debut of Charlie Griak presents the haunting tale of Ryan (a truly believable Matt Cici) who really just wants to be able to connect with the people in his life and find meaning/fulfillment. This journey leads him down the road of self-discovery, aided in large part by The Center, a self-help group with some unorthodox techniques. The Center plays a major part in Ryan's journey of discovery, but ultimately, he is his own agent, following an authentic path to finding his true self.

Charlie Griak's ability to tell a story weaving in visual, audio, and thematic motifs is incredible. His message is clear, without being forced upon the audience. The grit of the characters truly shines, as does the fantastic score by Alex Berglund.

Since nothing blows up, there is instead a sense of beauty and wonder throughout. If you want to leave a movie with a deeper understanding of humanity and yourself, this is one you should really check out.


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