Thursday, October 2, 2014
I recently re-watched CONTRACTED from Director / writer Eric England. I'm happy that I did.
My first viewing was fine. I watched and took it all in and enjoyed the film, but I wanted more. I won't say much about the plot here. Suffice it to say that a one-night-stand sends the lead - the wondrous Najarra Townsend - on one bad, bad health issue filled ride. But, I found myself wanting more and railed against certain aspects of the film. I liked it, but wanted to re-write parts.
Here's where the Internet got cool again for me.
I posted my thoughts on Twitter.
"Watching CONTRACTED. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to laugh or not. Odd." Something like that.
"Some Guy" replied with "You can laugh - there's humor in there for sure! :)"
We had a little "chat" about the film there on Twitter and he seemed really invested in backing the film. Why? BECAUSE IT WAS THE DIRECTOR - ERIC ENGLAND!!!! HA! Pretty cool. He was bringing things up and I was agreeing, then I looked him up and had a laugh. I had no idea. His points were solid and I bookmarked it for a re-watch.
When I did re-watch recently, I got it. England kinda nailed this film and, as a genre fan, I was happy with the results once I was key'd into what England was trying to do. When I checked out other comments, I could see that I just didn't "get it" at the time and I was one of the few who didn't, really.
Townsend is great as the lead Samantha. Not fully seasoned, as it were, but pretty solid throughout.
Veteran Caroline Williams is Sam's mother and nails that role, of course.
I guess the doctor role and writing is the last bit I didn't like even on second watch. Minor, really, but it just came off silly with lines tossed out like, ":::odd pause::: You have a sexually transmitted disease.:::blink:::" :) All in all, not a deal breaker.
This is a must see. Check it if you have not already. Chime in in the comments if you dug it or hated it. I'd love to hear from you!