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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: James Cullen Bressack

Starring:
Chuck Pappas
Jessica Cameron
Jody Barton
James Cullen Bressack

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Joey's bummed out- he is sure his girlfriend Jennifer is cheating. So, he decides to grab his pal Steven to document his quest to uncover Jenn's cheating ways. They hook up with their annoying sex-and-substance obsessed friend Martin, and the three hit the road to cross the country and unveil the truth.
Is it good movie?
This found-footage style movie was neatly filmed all on an Iphone 5! That's kind of cool, right? Anyhow, this little revenge-styled story takes a slightly different spin on the found footage genre as our main character is literally documenting everything on purpose in order to show his awful girlfriend everything that's happened- so when the guy is always holding the camera, at least that's explained. In fact, this is really guerrilla filmmaking at its best and the whole thing feels genuine, bizarre and memorable. The guys even try flying, but there's a super cringe-y scene that leaves them grounded (the words no-fly come to mind).

There's some real props to be dished out here in the name of believability. This is an honest film that isn't insanely foolish and could fool people into believing it's real, to a certain extent. The film does a good job of building up the "buddy movie on the road" sort of vibe and it feels authentic. It helps that the guys give pretty solid performances- Joey's out there to document his personal pain while Steve is constantly stirring the pot and trying to make the "movie" part purposely more interesting. Chuck Pappas' Joey is perfectly suited for the role and it practically drips with sorrow. Who hasn't felt jilted like this before (especially when Jennifer is played by the ridiculously good looking Jessica Cameron)?

The cool thing about this flick is that it mixes its laughs with a healthy dose of horror as things get ramping up (Steve and Marty seem to exist to balance out Joey's sorrow..there's a particularly funny moment involving a he-she hooker that might tickle your funny bone). Though the plot was admittedly a bit predictable at times (I won't spoil anything though), the flick will get your blood pumping and may even surprise a few people with the way it all wraps up.

The only real criticism I would dish out here is that things can turn pretty nasty pretty quickly, which can be a bit jarring at times. Still though, this one for the most part feels genuine, gets pretty insane, and is pretty much worth sticking around for. It's a great little independent film that takes a few risks and is believably acted. It's not like you'll watch it ten times, but it's worth a look.

Video / Audio
Video: 1.78:1 widescreen IPhone video

Audio: Iphone audio!
The Extras
There's a commentary track with Director James Bressack, and actors Chuck Pappas and Jody Barton.  They're clearly friends and have a great time discussing the flick they made and its limitations. The audio quality is crap though, so it isn't fun to listen to.
Last Call
This little flick works really well for what it tries to accomplish. Check it out. If possible, watch it on your phone! That's the way it was intended (even available on the app store!).
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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