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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Movie Review - Body

Body (2015)
Starring Helen Rogers, Alexandra Turshen, Lauren Molina, and Larry Fessenden
Directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen

Bored one evening after they've returned home for Christmas, twentysomething Cali (Alexandra Turshen) convinces her friends Holly and Mel (Helen Rogers and Lauren Molina) to visit the mansion of her rich uncle who is away with his family for the holidays.  Reluctantly obliging, the trio ends up having a blast at the huge house, but Holly soon discovers that Cali isn't in fact related to the home's inhabitants.  However, before they can leave, a man (Larry Fessenden) enters the house and, after a tussle, falls down a stairway, and is seemingly killed.  Body deals with the moral question faced by the three girls -- what do they do with the body?

Not exactly a horror film, Body gets its thrills from the ever-changing dynamics between the film's three young actresses.  The film does a nice job of making the emotional shifts of all the characters relevant, believable, and critical to the plot.  While the plot works, the three actresses themselves leave a little to be desired.  None of them are particularly disappointing, but I couldn't help but think that in the hands of slightly more adept directors, the performances and the lensing of the film itself would've been a bit more crisp and clean.  Even at a quick seventy minutes, the film takes a bit to get rolling which had me wondering if it would've fared a bit better as part of a horror anthology or something of the like.  However, Body is still an enjoyable, fun romp, but I can't help but think it had the potential for something more.

The RyMickey Rating:  B-

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