At the opening of Held, we find a man held prisoner in a small room. He wakes up from being knocked out and discovers several sharp nails protruding through the wall. Each day, A cloaked captor slips photographs under the door showing a mysterious woman. This was a great film. It got me watching until the end and gripping the chair arms. A bit fearing at times but I kept seeking the end. All in all bravo editing,filming and Believable acting. ***** five stars! Bravo! Wanting to see more of the actor's work!
"The Hurt Locker" is a film about a bomb squad in Iraq during a time when IEDs (improvised explosive devices) were rampant. There isn't much to spoil in this film because there is no real story. The film basically follows a 3-member team toward the end of their rotation - they have about 30 days left and their leader gets himself "blowed up good." A new team leader, in the form of a "Wildman" (Jeremy Renner) comes in, proceeds to run rampant and no one cares except the team members be puts into jeopardy.
That's it. Really.
There's car bombs, suicide bombs, body bombs (OMFG!) and
Victor Phan and Torture Chamber Productions have put together some interesting short films. This joins that pantheon. Although barely 60 seconds in length (not counting the intro and ending credits) the short-short film gets to the point and delivers the message (Don't Do Drugs) in brutal brevity. Having met Victor on a few occasions in the hallways of horror, I can confidently say that he makes films the same way he walks and talks - quickly and with good humor.
The main character's demeanor sets the tone of the movie in the first scene – no dialog necessary.
R, 100 mins