Review By: Mut Asheru
Pretty opening shot after pretty opening shot. Pretty girl wants to die. Based on the stage play of the same name by Lisa McGee JUMP unfolds in a CRASH type manner wherein the lives of several young people collide in a fantastically frantic fashion. Taking place in Ireland, the hero, heroine and accompanying cast have a few emotional issues. One New Year ’s Eve night all the pretty folks and their un-pretty issues come out of hiding.
There’s murder, attempted suicide and of course love. Ahhh, I can’t get enough of it. The love line develops rather quickly between Greta (Nichola Burley) and Pearse (Martin McCann) which leads to the main story movement. Pierce is looking for revenge for his brother’s death or disappearance. The man he needs to revenge upon is none other than suicidal Greta’s daddy. They come up with a plan that solves the problem of Pierce’s revenge and Greta’s “gotta- get- away” bug.
All in all this is a pretty good film that moves along at an action packed pace. Great camera work from open to close with a couple shaky cam shots to boot. It feels totally gritty in a surreal glossy way. I think it takes a great deal of skill to weave together such an intricate story in an intriguing way. There were several twists and turns in this gangster, romance, comedy, drama flick that I didn’t see coming which is worth its own weight in the price of admission.
JUMP will be shown in the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF 2013) at The Angelika Theater. For more info go to www.dallasfilm.org.
|Run Time, 81 minutes|
|Director: Kieron J. Walsh|
|Cast: Martin McCann, Nichola Burley, Ciarán McMenamin, Richard Dormer, Charlene McKenna, Valene Kane, Lalor Roddy|
|Screenwriters: Kieron J. Walsh, Steve Brookes|
|Producers: Brendan J. Byrne, Katie Holly, Michael Henry, Chris Hunt|
|Director of photography: David Rom|
|Production designer: David Craig|
|Costume designer / Hair and Makeup: Susan Scott / Sian Wilson|
|Editor/s: Emer Reynolds, Jake Roberts|
|Production companies: A Hotshot Films and Bl!nder Films Production|
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