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directed by Simon Blake
UK 2014

 

Photographer Tom Carver (Aidan Gillen, WAKEWOOD) has seemingly gone out of his way to barely exist, living in a rundown hovel near the council estates, drinking himself to sleep, prematurely reconciling himself to the notion that his profession does not pay (with an offer to exhibit some of his photographs falling into his lap out of the blue), and shunning all but the most low-maintenance friendships and relationships: his live-in lover Christina (Elodie Yung, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO) has an entirely separate social life and he only opens up to his ex-wife Rachel (Amanda Mealing, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL) out of her need to mother him. While shooting school pictures, he makes the acquaintance of young Jimmy (Joseph Duffy) whose older brother was murdered the week before in a gang fight. He tries to encourage the boy's interest in photography and soon finds himself under threat from a gang of local boys (who either suspect his motives are impure or may themselves have had something to do with the death of the boy's brother). When their intimidation escalates from "pranks" like heavy-breathing phone calls at all hours, pushing shit through his letterbox, and leaving a mutilated pet on his doorstep to physical assaults on himself and loved ones, Tom is slow in reporting things to the police who can do nothing since he cannot identify the attackers. Tom does of course know who his attackers are, but it is the urgings of reporter friend Ed (Jonathan Slinger, A KNIGHT'S TALE) - implored by Jimmy's mother (Kate Ashfield , SHAUN OF THE DEAD) to find her elder son's killer - that may push him over the edge.

Although billed as a gritty thriller, it is only half-way through the meandering STILL that it becomes that the film is about the mental deterioration of its protagonist; and the still-ness of the title is the psychological inertia of its main character as others manage to move on, if only by small degrees that seem monumental next to him. Gillen makes his character a compelling watch (especially in his scenes with Mealing), but the things that happen outside of his character's purview merely pad out the running time by fleshing out characters in ways that have little bearing on the relations with the protagonist (even though much more of that seems to have hit the cutting room floor along with entire characters going by the deleted scenes selection). Indeed, one gets the impression that he was blocked long before his son's death), and that the seeming detour into vigilantism is a shortcut means to an end. This understanding does not enhance ones appreciation of what has gone on before or how the film proceeds (even after Christina's assault, the characters are all too passive to be "past the point of no return" as the American tagline goes), and viewers may find it a slog despite interesting performances and potentially interesting ideas.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 1 March 2015 (USA)

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DVD Review: Omnibus Entertainment / Film Movement (.) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Omnibus Entertainment / Film Movement

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:42:52
Video

2.40:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.72 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Omnibus Entertainment / Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.40:1

Edition Details:
� Interviews:
� - actor Aidan Gillen (16:9; 10:30)
� - director Simon Blake (16:9; 14:22)
� Deleted Scenes (16:9; 11:14)
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 0:57)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: June 30th, 2015
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

Omnibus' dual-layer disc features a serviceable mid-range bitrate, progressive, anamorphic transfer of this gritty film with plenty of low-lit scenes. Audio options include a 5.1 track that is mostly front-oriented given the talky nature of the film but works in some atmospherics and suspicious noises in the surrounds (a 2.0 downmix is also included). The disc features English closed captioning that helps with some of the soft-spoken dialogue.

Gillen seems to have been just as motivated by not wanting to go to Canada for three days work on a vampire movie as much as the interpretive possibilities offered up by the characterization in the script to take the role while Blake seems hard-pressed to explain what the film is about ("It's about a lot of things..."). The deleted scenes offer a bit more depth to some of the characters along with a lot of stuff with supporting characters that happens way out of the protagonist's purview and actually adds nothing to the film. The short theatrical trailer and previews for other releases (both Omnibus and Film Movement) round out the package.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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