Cowen Rosewell lives with a small group of old friends in a scruffy flat in a small English town. Like many teens leaving school in 2014, there are few prospects or opportunities for people like Cowen and he has enrolled on a BTEC media course as a way of passing the time. His first assignment is to record everything in a week of his life. At first Cowen dismisses the random acts of violence he witnesses as the business as usual in a small English town. However, when one of his best friends is savagely attacked by a stranger, and in defending her they kill her assailant, the inexplicably serious nature of the dead assailant's injuries alert them to a more disturbing reality. As events escalate, Cowen and his friends discover that the town has come under a mysterious malign influence which is somehow controlling organised gangs who are rounding people up and taking them to a nearby factory. The friends hide, hoping to escape, but their sanctuary is discovered and over run. Finally ...Written by
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Stars are really not the right metric here, we need to turn to the Cheese-o-Meter...
...in which case, this rates as a full, pungent, and ripe Gorgonzola.
And I love Gorgonzola.
No, the acting isn't great, yes, the premise is tried, tested and thoroughly threadbare, and of course, the plot devices are all totally Scooby-Doo... "there's something up at the Old Factory"... Nevertheless, in this case Drew Casson has managed to make this potentially disastrous mix add up to quite a lot of goofy fun - and has done so quite possibly unintentionally. But only IF you look at it with your brain set to knowing-smirk-mode.
It's all rather like the local Am-Dram society in Lower Fartington somewhere in the Home Counties decided at their annual meeting to make a dystopian apocalypse film this year, instead of their usual bedroom farce. I'm undecided as to whether Casson's setting of the whole as a personal video journal for a BTEC college project was a deliberate ruse, or merely a happy coincidence, because it feels exactly like that - a film college project, albeit a pretty good one, considering the budget.
The special effects are adequate and fun, and demonstrate a good grasp of technique on a shoe-string.
Whilst the acting is largely provided courtesy of the Forestry Commission, a couple of the leads do stand out against the dense woodland of the rest of the cast, particularly Georgia Bradley. Although, it has to be said that Casson's talent definitely lies firmly behind the lens, rather than in front of it.
So no, it's not brilliant by any means (c'mon, you weren't really expecting that we're you?), but it IS fun, even funny at times, albeit perhaps unintentionally.
If you like your cheese robust and smelly, this is perfect for you.
Go on, dig in!
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