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Against the Jab (2015)
Revenge is best served cold
I had the pleasure of seeing Against the Jab, a thought-provoking film, at the Boston International Film Festival last month. Though I knew the basic premise of the plot from promotional material associated with the movie, I was very surprised at the unpredictable twists throughout the movie that constantly kept me on my toes wondering where the story would lead.
The bare-bones synopsis is that DJ Mike plays pranks on unsuspecting victims while on-air, which is hilarious for him and his listeners, but often humiliating for those being pranked. Some of the pranks are actually quite cruel/disturbing in nature, though the film tends to underplay this darker element in favor of a lighter tone. In fact, the disparity between the content and the tone is at times jarring, particularly during the big reveal scene (which I won't give away here). DJ Mike gets a taste of his own medicine when his life begins to unravel thanks to the presence of a mysterious but alluring intern at his radio station.
The huge question the movie seems to pose at the end is whether or not DJ Mike deserves the punishment he gets for his on-air and off-air actions. Personally, I am convinced he deserved a harsher fate than the one he received, considering that one of his pranks led to someone's death and he lied, misled and cheated on his wife throughout the movie.
I really enjoyed seeing all the shots of Boston in the film and the acting was for the most part quite good. Clara Lago was in particular excellent as a femme fatale, and Scott Neufville and Lonette McKee were great in their supporting roles as well. The director, Patrick Jerome, did a great job at creating a colorful and challenging film. Overall, I would recommend Against the Jab to anyone who enjoys having their morals questioned and loves crazy twists and unconventional plots.