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BLUR
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Nick Briscoe

Starring:
Salvator Xuereb
Michael Sorvino
Wendy Carter

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What's it about
Is artist Adrian Jonas losing touch with reality? With an exhibit of his work lingering and too little sleep, he begins to think there is someone out there watching him. Crazy or not, that is the question.
Is it good movie?

In the opening moments of Blur we are given a glimpse of some pretty nifty artwork with an eloquently creepy score. There is something brewing inside this film, the dark side of human nature that we are given a glimpse of, but only a glimpse. Director Nick Briscoe has created a well crafted and strangely beautiful painting which sadly begins to resemble a routine suspense thriller. After the opening credits, we meet artist Adrian Jonas and his wife Illiana played respectively by Salvator Xuereb and Wendy Carter, both of whom I felt an instant connection with. Both actors gave very strong and interesting performances that kept me involved even when the script takes a bizarre turn into some very tired plot twists. I dug the first half of this film with its unique look at a man dealing with personal demons. But it never really uses this concept as well as it could have. Instead it turns into a fairly ridiculous chain of events surrounding a murder.

Although the script didn’t really work, there were many things that did. Salvator Xuereb is given the burden of carrying this film (much like the great Johnny Depp as "Mort" in Secret Window) and he does so admirably. He’s ability to express the “is he or isn’t he crazy” card was very believable. It was marred only by some very bad choices the character makes deep into the story, but this had more to do with the script than his performance. Also giving a very strong performance, Wendy Carter shines giving depth to the concerned wife. This is a film that had so much potential and Mr. Briscoe directs with style bringing the audience into the story using the camera to paint the set. He moves through the characters lives as a voyeur would watch his victim. And aside from a much too long party sequence he kept it moving at an acceptable pace. Many terrific images and some fine performances are brought down a notch making this a pretty picture, albeit a familiar one. Also notable is the artist Ana Vizcarra who contributes the intriguing paintings used in the film.
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Nick Briscoe has directed a very interesting piece, yet one that finds itself in all too familiar territory. But there is enough here to make for an interesting watch, especially with a couple of inspired performances from Salvator Xuereb and Wendy Carter. Yet some bizarre storyline regarding their neighbor sneaking around and a few missed opportunities with some interesting ideas brought up then written off, it finds itself as a routine thriller. Not a bad watch but not quite the artist it wants to be.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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