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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: James Avallone

Starring:
Tiffany Bowyer
James Duval
Rob Terrell
Chris Matthew Smith
Mark Motyl

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Steph is a pretty girl who gets killed. Her Pop is a detective who's handling the case (conflict of interest, much?). What follows is a discovery of a ton of tapes. Steph was obsessed with documenting every aspect of her life, and as such we have our gimmick for the movie.
Is it good movie?
Eh, this isn't my kind of movie to be honest. Coming off like a pseudo-artsy sort of pretentious flick that isn't really grounded with much reality, I can't say a lot of I have to say. Do you like watching uncomfortable moments where Dads posthumously watch their dead daughters having sex with multiple people? I'll bet that if you do, you need to pre-order this film.

I suppose the film is put together fairly well, given the fact that it clearly has a micro-budget. The characters are relatively well acted but I just couldn't help but keep wondering why the father was allowed to do what he was doing, and after awhile, why he would even want to keep forging on to find out more (there's also a part where he finds his daughter in a spread in an adult magazine and he loses his mind..despite having watched her get her holes filled for hours on tape)? I guess some people could argue that emotions make things stronger but my suspension of disbelief was most definitely tested here.

The cast is undoubtedly trying their best to pull something out of a hat. Tiffany Bowyer plays Stephanie and is working hard to be as well rounded as possible. Given the fact that she had to do a lot of emotional acting while totally naked, I have to give her some props. Rob Terrell does a fine job of looking upset throughout the film. James Duval of Donnie Darko fame is only okay as Clark.

Ultimately, a film like this is about the story and this one is only okay. The big end reveal is predictable, although not head-smackingly awful or anything. In the end, this movie doesn't have anything overly special to offer but is an okay watch. It doesn't seem to be nearly as introspective as it advertises itself to be, and believe me a little less pretentiousness could go a long way in my book.
Video / Audio
Video is shot in 2.35:1 widescreen and looks flat and relatively drab.

Audio acomes in Dolby 5.1 and comes through crystal clear!
The Extras
There's a ten minute Behind the Scenes afeaturette that essentially makes you a fly on the wall while they film a scene. Cool stuff, if you like going behind the scenes. No interviews or anything here.

There are also 18 deleted scenes a that include alternate and extended cuts of various parts of the film.

Also included are trailers aand a still gallery a.
Last Call
Playback is an okay movie that just didn't catch on with me. The cast tries fairly hard and there's a lot of boobs, but the 'artsy' nature of the flick and the inconsistencies with the father subplot just stop me from recommending it.
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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