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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Madcap "Boob" a Comedic Gross Out Spectacle For Grown Ups

"BOOB" (2009)
Length - 2:50
Company: HONEST
Website: Official

"Boob" is a short film on Vimeo from the directing team of Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion.

They've worked with big brands, like Nike and Diesel, on commercials and marketing.  Their feature film debut, Cooties, is going to be distributed by Lions Gate -- quite an accomplishment after a decade of creating original and visionary content through their own production company, HONEST.

On that note, unfortunately there are no credits on the film and no information about who did what.

But back to the film itself -- it's just shy of three minutes long, but don't let its brevity fool you.

OH NO THEY DIDN'T

I don't want to give too much away, because the strength of "Boob" lies in its outrageous premise and the hysterical panic that ensues.  Suffice it to say that it's a breast implant gone wrong story.  That ought to prep you for what you're about to see, while not giving anything away.

The special effects are top notch here and they are at the center of the show.  Blood flies fast and furious and, true to the title, there is plenty of nudity (though not quite in the way you think).  While it is at times horrifying, I couldn't truthfully classify "Boob" as a horror film.  It's a gleeful exercise in insanity and it takes turns grossing out and splattering hysterically funny weirdness all over the camera.

To say much more would be spoiling the film, so go now and watch, and be amazed at the sheer guts it took to commit this oddity to film.

OVERALL SCORES

Writing: 2.5 / 5.  There's not much going on here, but what happens is enough to carry the story.  There's never an explanation for what's going on or any excuses -- there's time enough for the nameless characters to react and that's about it. 
Directing: 4 / 5.  Some really impressive camera work here, in particular the inspired usage of a point-of-view camera that has to be seen to be believed.  Literally.  If I told you any more, I think you'd call me crazy.
Editing: 5 / 5.  It's a frenetic freak show throughout.  Real madcap energy here.
Sound/Music: 3 / 5.  Effective, but nothing more.
Acting: 3 / 5.  Everyone plays a little over the top, but it's clearly intentional, and it works.  Let's face it, no one watches a short film named "Boob" for the acting.  In this case, the film's whacked out genius conquers the middle of the road acting.

Final Grade3.5 / 5.



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