1BR @ Fantasia

As long as a film has a good premise then it excuses a lot of flaws. Yes, David Marmor’s (first feature film) film is a low budget indie film, but there is that kernel of an interesting idea there and that rescues it.

Rescues it from that feel that many low budget films suffer from. That feel which removes you from the whole flow. A terrible situation for a film. The best films make you believe that what is going on is actually going on. Give off the illusion of reality.

Escaping from her life, Sarah (Nicole Brydon Bloom – appeared in episodes of The Affair and The Michael J. Fox Show) moves to Los Angeles to get a fresh start. Away from her father (Alan Blumenfeld – appeared in episodes of Fresh Off the Boat and Heroes) to recover from the death of her mother. She is working at a crappy temp job to earn some money. In a stroke of luck, she manages, despite lots of competition, to get a one bedroom apartment in a nice complex.

Things seem to getting better for Sarah. She has made a friend, Lisa (Celeste Sully – appeared in episodes of Second Generation Wayans), at work and her neighbours, especially cutie Brian (Giles Matthey – Jobs), seem really friendly. She has even become an older woman’s (Susan Davis – WarGames, Pippi Longstocking), living in the same complex, caretaker.

There is a saying that says that things aren’t always what they seem and such is the case in this apartment complex. A case of too good to be true (another saying which is applicable). Something which Sarah is going to find out in short order and the hard way.

Many of us have stories about terrible roommates, neighbours or apartments. The main character Sarah’s story is on a whole different level. One that should make for a fun watch.

The scariest things are usually those we can all relate to. We have all rented apartments. A common situation that suddenly and unexpectedly becomes deadly and weird here. Now you have the makings of a good thriller. Terror comes from normal. Fear comes from realism.

What I really found interesting about Marmor’s film was the social commentary. How due to technology like smartphones and social media we have become disconnected. From the world and other humans. We all are aware of it, but seem helpless to stop it. Or disinterested. Whatever the case this film preys upon that. The idea that we want to connect. Know that in the long run it is better for us. That sooner or later there will be some crazy person who tries to change that…for himself, those around him and others…maybe by force.

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