REVIEWS: Odd/Bizarre/Exploitation, Video — June 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm

REVIEW: Gut (2012) + trailer

At first Tom’s (Jason Vail) life seems ordinary – he’s got a nice family, a job, and even a childhood friend Dan (Nicholas Wilder) who works with him in the same office.

However, Tom is in fact a tormented soul, as his marriage has lost its spark, his job is suffocating him, and his friend is slowly loosing touch with reality.

As the days go by, Tom is getting more and more depressed, slowly detaching from his family, while Dan really sees no bright future ahead of him, and spends his nights watching old horror movies (“I am now a zombie Carl Weathers….braaaaaaaains!”).

Things start to slowly go out of control when one day Dan invites Tom to his place, and shows him a strange film that leaves Tom deeply affected.

It gets worse – Tom cannot get rid of the images he saw in the film, and his behavior starts to affect his family. What he doesn’t realize is that soon his family will be in great danger, because of that very film…

When I first checked out the trailer for “Gut”, I felt like the trailer was saying “yes I am low-budget, but you won’t fast forward me, and you won’t switch me off”. I liked the trailer, and watched the film with an open mind.

One thing in particular that I did like a lot – is a style of directing. Elias (director/writer) lets a viewer to see every detail, the camera never shakes, never trembles (which I really hate most of the time), and it felt very comfortable. While the film does have a few gory moments, there’s no CGI used.

Actors in “Gut” might not be getting Oscar nominations any time soon, but I enjoyed the performances a lot – they all felt very real. After seeing Jason Vail plays this disgusting character in low-budget “Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies” film, here he plays a completely different part, and he’s good too.

Stunning Sarah Schoofs (who plays Vail’s wife, Lily) is a great addition to the two leading males in the film, and she does look like a promising young actress. I hope she doesn’t change her hair any time soon – this could be her trademark.

“Gut” of course is not perfect. While Elias’ directing is great, the story is quite simple, and starting off very well, somewhere in the middle the film starts to drag (could have been shorter by 10-15 mins) and you’re not getting the expected satisfaction in the end. Like a car that was supposed to go thousands of miles, yet it is stuck somewhere in the middle because someone forgot about the fuel.

I somehow feel the film was made intentionally to be shown at various movie festivals. That’s the thought that was going though my mind the whole time.

“Gut” did in fact made its world premiere at the 60°N Os International Film Festival in Norway, according to IMDB, and it seems like more film festivals will follow.

“Gut” might not hit you in the face, but it is one of those low-budget films that should be seen at least once.

There is some great music/sounds that perfectly fit into the overall dark tone of the film, and while “Gut” might not have been greatly scripted, there is a message the film tries to deliver. Check it out.




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