“Body” Is A Thriller That’s Worth It’s Weight In Corpses

 

 
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If you are a fan of indie film, you’ve probably noticed that most of your favorite films come from a small handful of production studios. A24 has been dominating the indie scene for the last few years, with an abundance of award-winning movies like The Witch, The Lobster, and Moonlight. They are certainly the cream of the crop, but dig a little deeper and you will find Oscilloscope Films. With such titles to their credit as Bellflower and We Need to Talk About Kevin, Oscilloscope is making equally large contributions to this, the golden age of independent film. One of their recent movies, that somehow missed my radar, is the 2015 thriller Body.

Written and directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, Body begins with friends Holly (Helen Rogers), Cali (Alexandra Turshen), and Mel (Lauren Molina) spending Christmas Eve at Mel’s parents’ house. Bored with Christmas cookies and board games, the girls decide to do something risky and exciting by breaking into a nearby mansion. Once inside, and after drinking most of the liquor cabinet, they are caught by a groundskeeper (Larry Fessenden). The girls run, the groundskeeper tries to stop them, and things go downhill fast.

Body isn’t exactly a masterpiece, but it is a solid thriller with a lot to like. The three lead performances are all good. In the beginning, the three friends are seemingly cool, laid back gals who have a strong bond. But, when they are forced to make decisions that mean them crossing lines that cannot be uncrossed, they all realize they are capable of dark and violent things.

The technical aspect of the movie are also impressive. It is very well-shot, and has an ominous score that amps up the tension. This is the debut film for the duo of Berk and Olsen, and it is a great sign of things to come. They made a tight, intense crime thriller that is definitely worth the price of rental. This creative duo are a nice addition to the seemingly hundreds of exciting voices in indie film, at the moment.

 


MikeD

 


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