Monday, September 30, 2013

+1(2013)(Minor Spoilers Review)

**This review contains MINOR spoilers, no major plot twists, reveals, or surprises are revealed in this review**

During a local house party hosted by Angad (Rohan Kymal), three friends encounter a series of different problems. David (Rhys Wakefield) is trying to repair a broken relationship with his girlfriend, Jill (Ashley Hinshaw), Allison (Suzanne  Dengel) is struggling to fit in, and David’s best friend, Teddy (Logan Miller) sets his sights on a one night stand with the seemingly unattainable Melanie (Natalie Hall).

David tires to come up with a scheme to get some time alone with Jill, so she can forget about, Steve (Peter Zimmerman), her date for the night. But an unexplainable supernatural phenomenon disrupts everything……

Well, I’ll get this out of the way now. Rohan Kymal’s Angad is the most annoying character in this film. Angad is this pandering loser, who’ll do ANYTHING to build up his reputation as the “big man on campus.” Plus, he has this annoying and persistent habit of trying to fit in with all the cool kids, when it’s clear 95% of the people at the party can stand him.

Hinshaw delivers the best performance, with Rhys Wakefield taking the spot for runner up. I get the point of Wakefield’s David being this lost and clueless dope, who’s trying to figure things out, but the Jill character is more passionate, angry, and vindictive. Bottom line, Jill has a more lively personality, and Hinshaw was far more convincing, especially during the heated arguments with David. Wakefield isn’t awful, but David is such a boring character. Logan Miller is okay at best, and Hall is just eye candy for the most part. Suzanne Dengel? She’s okay. Allison has a one-dimensional personality, as the typical angry high school outcast/loner, who spends most of her time listening to angry rock music, and hating everything. Not a bad performance from Dengel, but nothing too remarkable either.

Plus One feels like two movies in one: first half is a wild and crazy party movie, but the second half is a full blown sci-fi thriller. To use a more recent example, it’s like Project X meets an episode of The Twilight Zone. At first, you’ll hear loud club music, see wild party games, a naked woman, who’s being used as a buffet table with food spread across her body, topless women, and strippers performing some weird glow in the dark routine.

Plus One is loaded with a lot of noticeable problems, but I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t have a lot of fun with this one. Watching Plus One is like watching a flaming train wreck with a fireworks show in the background, and a bear on a unicycle juggling, it’s almost impossible to look away. The hectic mashup of sci-fi elements, a love story, and a party movie will probably annoy most people. But for me, Plus One is still an ambitious and bold sci-fi thriller, that takes a lot of risky chances with hopes of being something different, and I apprentice the effort.

Rating: 7/10

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