Monday, November 21, 2011
Smash Cut Review
The world of horror doesn’t always allow for lenient reviews, and that’s showcased by my many different updates with terrible information and lackluster enthusiasm. My attempts of making sense of many movies have long gone passed me. Part of the reason is because of my divorce, and part of the reason is because most movies suck. Then rare gems hit me, and I realize that there is hope in the world of horror; this movie didn’t do that for me. Smash Cut started out quite interesting, with a small time movie director making a horror film, and then quickly dives into the world of chaos and serial slaying.
The film looks like what a B-movie would be like in modern times. I know, that sounds odd, but consider the fact that when you see classic cult cinema, it looks a certain way. If you can somehow understand what I mean by that, you will realize that this film is a modern day tribute or sorts, pointing specifically to an era that had to work in 10 day shoots, rather than years of work for one film. This movie is very much a “B” if not “C” level film, and at times has the production value of a porno.
The sound design is ok, but the ridiculous comedic soundtrack really makes for some stupid scenes. The “porno” music style is just not fitting to the film, even if Sasha Grey is the selling point of the movie. That being said, Sasha is not a great actress here, as she delivers her lines in the most unenthusiastic manner possible. I find her facial features attractive, but I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone would want to fantasize about her, as she is not attractive in a sexual manner, at least that’s my humble opinion. She detracts from the film, as everyone around her out acts her.
The gore is turned up to eleven in this film, and while there isn’t a lot of nudity, this film deserves some praise for the idea of a serial killing director, looking to make mince meat out of anyone in his path. But wait, there’s more! The rogue private investigator allows for a bit of balance, even if he’s very odd.
The climax of the film really does play on a lot of cliché, but it works out well. I liked the film enough to sit through it and review it, but the ending was weak. I liked the gore, I liked the idea, and when Sasha Grey isn’t trying to deliver any lines, she’s cute in a way. Smash Cut is not going to win any awards, but it will suffice as a modern cult classic in many ways. I am not sure it will garner much attention at the moment, but give it a few years, and I think it just might be a good option.