Tuesday, February 11, 2014

+1 - Review - @BrandonCSites

+1 (2013) *
D: Dennis Iliadis
C: Rhys Wakefield, Ashley Hinshaw, Natalie Hall, Rhoda Griffis, Logan Miller
P: A college party takes a turn for the weird when an electrical disturbance causes everyone to have a temporal clone of themselves.    

In +1, the film's various characters attend a raging party. That's the first of the film's many problems. The party scenes are played for laughs. There's a few here and there, but nothing laugh out loud worthy. Also, by having the film take place during a party, there's too many characters that have to make sense of the film's overall scenario.

Once these doppelganger's start to appear, one character sees it as a chance to have a friend that understands her. Another character sees it as a chance to correct a past mistake. The rest of the film's characters are confused and panicked. They see these doppelgangers as a threat and immediately turn to violence. For me personally, I would be intrigued and want to know more about this other version of myself. Since I didn't buy into 99% of the film's various characters turning violent right off the bat, I didn't buy into the film's overall scenario.

Then there's the film's overall pacing. It takes about 2/3's of the film's running time to establish the film's scenario and premise. As a result, the film rushes through everything else. +1 has an intriguing premise, but doesn't understand the particular strengths of that premise and is a narrative and logical mess. The Twilight Zone used to do this type of thing in 30 minutes or less and far more effectively. [Not Rated] 95 mins.

AKA: Plus One

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