Review of "Watch the Sunset" by Jason Minton
Watch the Sunset – 2017
Production by: BarrLipp Productions
A thrillerama about the single day in the life of a man who must face his troubled past while trying to save his estranged family from the downward spiral his life has them caught up in. Danny (Tristan Barr) is determined to reconnect with his estranged ex and their daughter. He’s trying to leave his life of crime, working to meet the demands of his former partner Sally (Chelsea Zeller) and give his little girl Joey (Annabelle Williamson) a normal life. Danny’s actions come back to haunt him as his thug associates led by Shane (Aaron Walton) kidnap Danny’s daughter. Danny must face his past to try and save his family from the dangers his life has put them in.
This Australian drama with thriller aspects is interesting feature that has a runtime of less than 80 minutes and is all shot with one take filmmaking. While the one shot filmmaking technique is an admirable accomplishment, the quality and entertainment of the film itself is what it must be judged on. After an opening couple of minutes showing real footage of people struggling with addiction, we’re given twenty minutes of a nearly silent film where we have no idea of what’s going on and why. After twenty minutes of almost nothing, we are put in a dramatic situation that makes up the films story. The one shot camerawork camera work is inferior to a studio production but doesn’t look bad and is impressive considering. The acting is really what puts the film over with its gritty lowlife characters with redeeming features.
The film is co-written and co-directed by the film’s star Tristan Barr with co-writer/director Michael Gosden They should be proud of their accomplishment, making such a realistic, well-acted and good looking film with continual shots. I don’t think this will be a one take film for the future of their careers. I really admire the films realism. The slow pace of the movie helps capture that but is also excessive in shots of nothing happening and dialogue. An 80 minute feature really could have been cut in half on story alone but it may have also impacted the realism of the film which is really its brightest point.
3 out of 5 Headless Critics