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Desolate (2013/Wild Eye/MVD DVD)

Picture: C+ Sound: C Extras: B Film: D

Remember Everything For Soon There Will Be Nothing.

Depressing is the word that comes to find when describing Desolate - a cheaply shot independent film that takes place around an apocalyptic event in a city and stars a young man who loses the love of his life around the same time. Trying to channel Donnie Darko or something of the like, the film starts out with our main character (played by Jez Bonham) who drags a lawn chair down the street and sets it on a hilltop... waiting for the nuclear blast to happen. This one scene is almost interesting (though could have been shot wider and more cinematically) but then the film takes a sharp nose dive.

From here we enter a depressing date Jez has with a cute young woman where he quickly proves that he isn't over a recent breakup with his ex-girlfriend, who this girl happened to know by chance of fate (or plot convenience). Soon, young Jez starts drinking profusely and blaming his best friend for sleeping around with his ex. Before he knows it amidst his sulking, the apocalypse happens and monsters start literally banging on his door (sort of like M Night's The Village).

Desolate is just that and has no relatable characters as our lead is a complete jerk and his friends not much better. Coupled with close ups galore and a complete lack of style, the film comes off as amateur. Haven't these guys heard of wide shots or cinematic style? If you are going to do an end of the world-type story you have to be more original than just angsty.

This film must have been directly exported with no color correction or any sort of color scheme as the standard definition transfer fails to impress. The colors are dull and very video-like, with many shots out of focus and some scenes severely lacking contrast or saturation trading instead for monotone blues and grain. The audio is a lossy 2.0 Dolby Digital (barely?) Stereo track that isn't much to write home about either.

Special Features includes Director's Commentary, Making of Video Series, Behind The Scenes, and Previews of other releases.

All in all this film tries to be deep but instead makes you feel like you are watching a student film production. The acting is lacking as is the visual storytelling.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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