12 February 2014

Out of Place 2013 - REVIEW

Let me start this review by apologizing to Daniel MacMunn, the writer/director of Out of Place. You see, I received this DVD long ago but it somehow got mixed up with some others that I'd already watched and reviewed and so I didn't watch it until recently... my apologies Daniel.

'Out of Place' is the first episode of MacMunn's series 'A Seat on a Train'. The gist of it is... there is a single seat on a train that once someone sits in it, the occupant is warped into a another reality. One much like their own but with a few dramatic differences. Each segment concludes with a Twilight Zone'ish twist ending.

This episode centers around Spencer (William Hoffman III), a writer who immerses himself so deep into his work that he's cut himself off from the rest of the world. He's become obsessed with keeping everything in it's place, so much so that it's threatening his relationship with his long term girlfriend Samantha (Rae Foster). After Samantha walks out on a romantic dinner he has prepared, he soon becomes a victim of his own obsessive behavior when random objects around his condo mysteriously shift out of place when he's not looking.

I was pleasantly surprised by 'Out of Place'. It's not often that you come across a film that says it's reminiscent to the Twilight Zone that actually is. The film is well acted. Hoffman does a superb job as the obsessive compulsive Spencer. Foster is also great as the girlfriend who's been pushed to her limit trying to deal with the changes in the man she loves. MacMunn does a fantastic job of creating well developed characters that are easy to sympathize with.

The film is well written, well shot and has a very clean look and feel. It's the perfect mix of a melodrama and a thriller that will leave audiences with an unsettling feeling. Let me make something clear, this is NOT a horror film. It's not scary and there is no blood or gore but it doesn't need it. The substance, content and characters of the film are enough to make it worth watching.

So, have a seat... no, not there... and take a look at Out of Place and enjoy. When you're done, check out the website and catch a glimpse of what 's ahead for MacMunn and the series 'A Seat on a Train'.

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