Monday, May 04, 2009

Movie recommendation: Bone Dry

Just a quick post, and I don't want to make too much of it, for fear of spoiling it, but you really should check out Bone Dry, starring Luke Goss and Lance Henriksen. Rent the DVD. Don't watch any trailers or read about it, the less you know, the better.

It's a low budget, straight to DVD flick which is better than many of the studio movies I saw last year, a tense, simple thriller that takes its concept, runs with it, and gave me several harsh, twisted moments that made me wince. With a tight script by Jeff O'Brien and Brett A Hart, very nice direction by Hart, great performances from the two leads, this is a really solid piece of work. If you like dark, hard thrillers, then you should check this out.

That's all for now, go about your business.


Kevin said...

You don't think it was all a bit Trapped By Mountain Lions then?

Not troubled by Goss falling unconscious every ten minutes in order to transition to a new scene?

Nested dream sequences? Didn't think they were a bit self-indulgent?

Lines like "I don't know who to trust anymore" in the mouth of a character with no backstory and virtually no character development to speak of?

All a bit blah if you ask me.

Looked nice though, and I did get a good laugh at "A Bret A. Hart Vision" as the credits rolled.

James Moran said...

Kevin: No, I really liked it. To be fair to the unconscious scenes, when he wasn't being drugged or deliberately knocked out, he was in situations that I'd have passed out in *way* before he did. Normally I don't like dream sequences, but thought they were nicely handled. I'm not saying the movie's going to change the world, but it's a solid, thoroughly entertaining thriller that tickled my fancy for 100 minutes. The "vision" credit was an unfortunate choice though.

Jodie said...

Self-indulgent? I think if you were in that situation you'd probably be hallucinating too. And given what is happening to the character, I think he can be forgiven for not being alert and perky the entire time!

It's a solid, lean, highly entertaining film in which I didn't spot any self-indulgence - and considering how gruelling it must have been to shoot that's not surprising.

jim said...

Holy cow - Lance Henriksen? That guy is solid. Not every film he's done is a winner, but I think he brings his A-game no matter what, and I'll definitely watch this movie. I mean, come on - "Duel" meets "Deliverance"? How can you resist exploring the validity that kind of hybrid boasting?

chuck said...

You could have at least started your comments with "Spoilers"

giles edwards said...

Haha...James, thanks for the shout out! I work for the company that released this little fluffy gem. Glad it hitting the spot with some of the right folks...

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Anonymous said...

Normally I don’t get involved in comments about my film… but I saw my buddy Giles on here and wanted to thank James for his kind words.

Now… let’s address “The Vision”. I think after spending 6 years of my life getting this film made, and then not only directing in 130 degrees for 2 months… but also digging trenches while people were passing out… I’ve earned the right to call it whatever I please. After all Spike Lee can have his “joint”?

I also believe an artist has the right to look outside the box, over the box, and beyond the box. This was shot on HD. A format I experimented with several years before we raised financing. I could have called it a Brett A. Hart “HD” but that didn’t seem to have as much flair. Films have all kinds of titles, “Pictures”, “Movies” “Films”… I chose “vision” when I was making short films. Because they weren’t full length features. Calling them a film didn’t make sense… and it stuck.

Most films you see out there are more unionized. They have multiple people doing a singular job. On “Bone Dry” a very small group of us were multi-tasking. I myself took on the rolls of co-writer, producer, cinematographer, location scout, editor and finally director. So “Vision” is what I’ve chosen to use for all works that I get involved with… for when I take on a project… I know I’m going to be spending every waking moment, no matter how long it takes… to bring it to life.

I know that Jeff O’Brien and everyone involved appreciate anyone who has taken their valuable time to view our little Indie in a sea of big budget studio pictures. Thanks again to everyone for even watching this labor of love.

Best Wishes,


Mark Hayden said...

I know people will assume that since I am dedicated follower of Lance Henriksen that my taste would be non too discerning when it comes to his work. Yup, I've often espoused the idea that I would watch him read the phone book, inwardly I cringe on many occasions watching some truly terrible indies, heck, even mainstream outings truth be told. I know what Lance can deliver, after all I've seen Millennium, but as he himself has noted it takes a particular type of director to allow him to take the process to the next stage and a particular project in which to do that.

Bone Dry is the first time, in a long time, that the old Lance magic is back, that Emmy nominated capability on show just as it was under the direction of Chris Carter.

I don't claim to speak for every Lance Henriksen fan out there only those that frequent TIWWA and but I know this film restored a lot of faith with regards to Lance's creative choices. Great review James and so good to know this film has the support it so rightly deserves.

Chuck said...

I just finished watching Bone Dry, and compared to much larger budget productions I'd have to say it holds its own. A very solid performance with none of the silliness that seems to invade this type of movie. It kept my attention throughout.

As a desert dweller myself I don't have a big problem with all of the passing out, and nested dream sequences, it happens to me all of the time in the summer just trying to mow the lawn.

On the con side, about half way through I already had a good idea of where it was heading. Not really sure what the skulls toward the end were all about. How come he just seemed to "get over" the snake bite all at once? Not likely, its a rattlesnake bite, not a gerbil bite.

Enjoyable film anyway. The makers should get recognition for showing how a quality film can be done simply, two rattles held way high.