Capture Kill Release is a POV shot (aka “found-footage” film) that has some merits, even though I am not fond of the sub-genre. The flick follows the same formula of said sub-genre to the point of nothing actually happening until about an hour into the movie. Sure, we get glimpses of character traits and bits and pieces of narrative here and there, but nothing that actually progresses the story-line — it becomes filler for the most part. The movie could have actually started at the 40 minute mark and we wouldn’t have missed any real importance of the story-line or made the third act any stronger.
The film is about a couple, Jennifer and Farhang, who are set out to make a film — well, a snuff film, which seems to consist of filming every boring moment of their lives up until they actually decide to make good on their promise of homicide. The couple films themselves in a hardware store picking out some instruments of death: axe, hacksaws, and some cool looking spike-thing, which gets you salivating that things will get interesting once the kill scene takes place. Sadly, these tools are never used.
Though this found footage yawner is pretty much a downer, there are some highlights in the film. Farhang Ghajar’s (as Farhang) performance stands out as a highlight within the film and the tension he creates going against his better half’s wishes is what makes the film even watchable. His character is the one I most identified with, and once you identify and start rooting for a character, the actor has done their job. Also, the minor shots of gore are lovely. We Get to see Farhang cut into the arm of a recently murdered victim as he is cutting up the body to dispose of it. At first I thought it was a real arm and they were doing a cut-blade gag, however the saw continues to cut through without the camera cutting away, and the arm looks morbidly realistic the entire time.
With the drawbacks mentioned above I couldn’t conclude the review without mentioning the performance of Jennifer Fraser (Jennifer). I can’t honestly point my finger at Jennifer herself, because I feel a lot of it was in the writing of Nick McAnulty’s screenplay, but the character was way too over-the-top. Every time she is on screen (especially the scenes when she is talking to the camera by herself) it felt off, forced, and misguided. Honestly, almost hard to watch.
So I will conclude that the film is another boring exploitation of the found footage sub-genre where the filmmakers don’t want to take the time to set up shots or coordinate lighting, but rather put the camera in the hands of actors and just roll with it. Unfortunately these films, for me especially, miss the mark 90 percent of the time, unless it’s a rare gem like Digging Up The Marrow or the original Blair Witch. I know there are tons of found footage fans out there that may love this film, but again I found it boring, and way too late in the film for any pay-off, and the pay-off here being two pieces of arm being sawed off, just didn’t do it for me.
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