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quietearth [Film Festival 10.19.11] review

Year: 2011
Directors: Jack Perez
Writers: Ryan Levin
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Review by: quietearth
Rating: 6 out of 10

At times a tedious viewing of melancholy, this film barely accomplishes the dark humor it aspires too. The overall theme being laughs via condescension. Although it adds nothing new to the horror comedy canon, it does provide a great platform for its selling point: Kevin Corrigan. And boy, does he shine!

Corrigan plays Ken Boyd, recently released from the state mental hospital. He constantly relives one torturous event from high school as the world continues to shit on him. He has a daughter (played excellently by Ariel Gade) who is wise beyond her years. His mother, played by Ruth Boyd, frequently provides a much-needed break from the sometimes laborious storyline with her chiding. She's worse than a dripping faucet while you're trying to sleep.

Ken graciously accepts abuse at his minimum wage job, taking an occasional ice cream cone to the face. His real love however, is drawing comics. He is reluctant to share this along with pretty much any aspect of his life. This quiet nature leaves plausible deniability for the films resolution.

The films traction is provided by his torturers being murdered, one by one. Unfortunately, these are not done in a funny manner. The comedic punctuation comes almost entirely from Boyd being belittled.

Seriously underrated, Corrigan's role might just provide the recognition he needs to move on to bigger and better things. However, the film itself will remain stuck in mediocrity, garnering some festival love and a possible dvd release. So let's hope people are paying attention for Corrigan's sake.

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