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Spiral
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04.23.2008 By: Jason Adams
Spiral order
Director:
Adam Green, Joel David Moore

Actors:
Joel David Moore
Amber Tamblyn
Zachary Levi

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A socially reserved, emotionally frail telemarketer goes about his daily life, with his only “friend” being his womanizing boss. But when a cute girl at work begins to take an interest in him, will it draw the young man out of his shell or make him relapse in to something more sinister?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
SPIRAL was a nice surprise; a great reminder that a solid story, confident filmmaking and a little creativity go a long way over big names and a big budget. As a thriller it was more in the old school Hitchcock vein of character driven suspense as opposed to more recent flashy fare. While the pacing may be on the slower side for most of the flick, I was still fairly intrigued by what I was given. And by taking time to build the characters and their relationships, when all the creepiness and tension kicks in to high gear later on it’s much more effective.

Joel David Moore gives an impressive performance as Mason. I never would’ve guessed the geeky kid from DODGEBALL had this kind of range, but he does both sympathetic and psychotic equally well. (And now that he’s hooked up with James Cameron on AVATAR, it’s safe to say the dude’s got a bright future ahead of himself.) Amber Tamblyn likewise has no trouble playing the adorable, slightly eccentric love interest. (Think Natalie Portman in GARDEN STATE.) As the “perfect girl” to Moore’s loner, her chemistry compliments things nicely. I also dug Zachary Levi (TV’s Chuck) as the requisite asshole boss who has a couple extra dimensions thrown in.

Directed by Moore and Adam Green (who made HATCHET, which I never got around to seeing but will definitely check out now), SPIRAL looks nice and polished despite the small budget. The scenes are well staged (Moore’s apartment in particular was consistently creepy) and it builds some nice tension just through the tone and deliberate pacing. I also thought the chaos of the jazz music highlighted the atmosphere, while also being important to the plot. You may be able to guess the ending, but it’s still well done and leaves enough to the imagination to be fulfilling.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by director Adam Green, director/writer/star Joel David Moore, writer/producer Jeremy Boreing, DP Will Barrat and actors Amber Tamblyn and Zachary Levi: Green, Moore, Levi and Boreing were all good friends before the film, so when they get together it makes for a funny and entertaining track with lots of cool tidbits about shooting quickly with little money.

Spinning Spiral (7:37): This behind the scenes footage mainly highlights the lighthearted mood on the set. Nice to the see everyone had fun while making such an intense movie.

Cinefile Promos (9:00): Three featurettes from the Starz channel, each covering a different stretch of production.

A Trailer that gives away way too much. Don’t watch it beforehand.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
SPIRAL manages to set itself apart in a sea of similar flicks as an old-school callback to well-directed, well-acted thrillers. Fans of more cerebral suspense will want to check it out.

Extra Tidbit: Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) has a cameo.
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