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THE INSTITUTION
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Reviewed by: Willard

Directed by: Brad LaMar

Starring:
Heather Tyler
Aaron Galvin
Kevin Viol

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
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What's it about
Three forensic college students go on an assignment in an abandoned asylum. Once there, they stumble upon a badly mutilated sheriff and the reason why heís in such a bad shape.
Is it good movie?
The Institution was a short film created from the feature length script The Assignment, which was written over a period of 4 years by two college friends, Brad LaMar and Clayton Monical. The premise of The Institution as a short was interesting, because in no way did they try to give you a clear explanation to what was going on. Donít get me wrong this isnít always a good thing, but in this case it actually works. At a running time of 14 minutes, I canít honestly tell you if itís good or bad, but itís definitely interesting. It felt more like watching a long movie trailer, which was what I think they wanted to achieve.

The popular loud noises scare tactic is really pissing me off. You know when youíre on your way back from the concession stand with a large drink that cost you $17.50 and youíre really looking forward to the movie. Next thing you know you just spilled your god damn drink all over yourself because of slamming doors and shrieking noises. Well, The Institution does not resort to such cheap scares. Itís more concerned with whatís going on on-screen. An intense creepy mood usually does it for me and The Institution is all about that. Derek Vincentís score does a good job to set that tone.

The acting left much to be desired. The screen presence of our protagonist is so limited, that I donít think it will be enough to spoil the experience for you. Honorable mention goes to the special effects department, who did a good job. When taking into consideration their estimated budget of $12,000 you canít help but feel they made the most of it.

When The Institution full length feature (The Assignment) is released, it runs the risk of falling into the avalanche of current straight to DVD or at best coming in second to titles like Dark Harvest 3, The Mangler Reborn or the next Ulli Lomme movie. Of course there is the occasional exception, in my humble opinion case and point Dog Soldiers (although it was released it theaters overseas, it was a straight to DVD in America).
Video / Audio
Audio: Presented in English (DDl 5.1) and Stereo.
The Extras
Behind the Scenes (40:26): A somewhat interesting look at the production.

Trailer (1:13): The trailer was actually the first minute or so of the movieÖitís alright.
Last Call
If someone asked me if the movie works as a short, my answer is a definite yes. Iím just not sure it could hold itís momentum for a feature film. But I would be the first in line to find out.
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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