Five friends attack a man in his house wanting to commit the perfect murder. They overdose him on sleeping pills but it goes wrong when he fights for his life. Later questions are asked about what really happened at the house.
This is one of those films that I was not expecting great shakes from but was pleasantly surprised in the end. It stars Damien de Montemas as Bernard (Warrior King' and `The Secret Life of Us), we first meet him when he is teaching piano. He lives in a remote part of Australia with no neighbours and just his dog Zach for company. After returning home he is jumped by some well dressed masked intruders. They bind him and then force an overdose of sleeping pills down his throat.
They are five mates and have just come from a funeral of Alice who links the whole band together. They are looking for revenge and have hit upon this idea as the answer as it is the perfect murder; that is it will look like a suicide, they even write his farewell note. Problem is he wakes up and in the turmoil of what they are going to do next, the past is revealed in a very different light than some of the friends had been maintaining, but the problem is who or what to believe.
This is in no way a horror, it is unpleasant in places, especially so for Bernard, who is getting all the blame for Alice's death as he is seen as a philandering sex pest. The direction of Michael Henry in his big screen debut has managed to get some really excellent performances from all concerned, no one is black and white and as the film unfolds they are all developed or exposed in different ways. The dog is ruddy good too. It gets to the stage where you are not sure who is the victim and it pretty much manages to keep that tension ramped up for the whole 86 minutes.
So all in all a fine debut and, a bit of praise must go to Screen Australia for co funding this project. This has not had a lot of money spent on it and it just shows that you don't need it with a good story and some genuine talent. Wanted to give it five but it is really a very solid four stars.
I didn't expect too much when I started watching this as there were many mixed reviews, but by the time it was over I absolutely loved it! At last, a movie that has refreshingly different content! A low budget but with unknown, believable actors and a plot that was more twisty turny than a twisty turny thing! Some people may find it a little slow and plodding but I think it was perfectly necessary for character analysis. Worth a look.
I re-read the reviews after watching this film and I was rather surprised that there were unfavourable ones. I found it an engrossing thriller with good performances.
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Maybe there are a couple of plot holes: could they really have thought they'd get away with it without wearing gloves? Also mobile 'phones in the UK, and I suspect elsewhere, will dial emergency numbers when locked. However well worth watching. I became aware of this film from the trailer packaged with the film "Four" which I also recommend.
Absolute rubbish. A bunch of trainee psychopaths attempt to murder a teacher because his affair with a former pupil allegedly led to the girl's suicide. As the five of them put together seem hardly capable of organising so much as a trip to the bathroom, the "plot" unsurprisingly fails. Teacher gets several chances to escape, but manages to mess up every one, like you do in movies, and everybody generally wanders around getting scruffier and more hysterical by the minute, until a DVD shows up (gosh what a coincidence!) which reveals the truth about what happened to the girl. Boring waste of time, with the dog giving the only memorable and realistic performance in the whole film.