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SUBURBANITE (2016) REVIEW: A Thought-Provoking Script Makes This One An A+

suburbanite_reviewLate one night on his way home from work, John falls asleep at the wheel and hits a man that is walking in the road. He takes the body home, fully intending to hide the body and cover up the incident, when the unthinkable occurs: the man he hit wakes up, and now John must decide how far he is willing to go to protect his secret.

Movies these days are filled with stars, CGI, or heavy makeup FX. It’s rare when a film comes along that is focused on a great script, great actors, and dialogue. Not many filmmakers can pull this off, so they go with the nudity and visuals, whether it be explosions, or over-the-top makeup FX. There’s nothing wrong with that; it’s what we, as an audience, have come to expect. We are jaded, and our patience is non-existent for any real substance involving a handful of characters, dealing with personal issues that must be overcome. After all, these are the films that relates to us so well, and we have just given up on them for the most part.

SUBURBANITE, written and directed by Andy Lohrenz, is a thought-provoking film. He substitutes over-saturated visuals for character development, a genius story-line, and allows the actors to be his most expensive asset. For this film, it works beautifully. Jodie Moore and Joe Nemmers, who play Mack and John, do an amazing job keeping this film interesting and dark. The chemistry between the two is mesmerizing. The emotional cat and mouse game they both play on each other really is what kept me watching. I cared for both characters and wanted to see both of them prevail at the end, which is kind of hard as an audience member, because normally there is a cut-and-dried hero and villain. Both of these guys are assholes, but both provide reasonable explanations for their actions and that’s what makes it hard to root for one over the other. Thankfully Lohrenz throws some other characters in the mix that really stir things up and you start thinking of John and Mack as a team, though they are far from it.

This is a very unique and well made psychological thriller. If you are patient, not that the film is slow by any means, you will be rewarded.

 

SUBURBANITE (2016) REVIEW: A Thought-Provoking Script Makes This One An A+

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Chad Armstrong

President/Co-Owner at LC Films
Chad Armstrong is a writer/producer/director who was born and raised in Long Beach CA. In 2009 he relocated to Alabama where he founded LeglessCorpse, a site dedicated to independent horror films, and soon after created the indie horror distribution company LeglessCorpse Films (currently known as LC Films). Not only is he co-owner of LeglessCorpse.com and LC Films he is also President of the newly formed Back Aisle Video label. Chad's most recent feature film is Deimosimine, and currently in development on the feature film Blood Dancers 2: Full Moon.

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