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Here is San Francisco as it was in its bohemian twilight, on the eve of catastrophe.
"Test" is woefully inadequate and unnecessary when compared with "Parting Glances" (1986) and "Longtime Companion" (1989).
Test is most effective when it prioritizes mood over psychological melodrama (which is often), but Johnson's approach is torn between Albert Camus and Brian De Palma.
Six years after his debut feature, The New Twenty, writer-director Chris Mason Johnson returns with a film that's less polished but braver.
If Test can portray a dark time with an underlying sense of hope for the future, it's because almost thirty years later, looking back at 1985, it has no ambivalence about the progress that's occurred since.
This is a creative, ambitious project that delivers, thanks in no small part to a director who knows about dance - and to a cast that can both dance and act.
It's not worth the trek out to a mediocre cinema, but in the comfort of your own home, those dance numbers make it well worth a watch.
Writer/director Chris Mason Johnson does an impressive job mounting the film as a drama and very gradually allowing tension and paranoia to permeate.
An observant slice of life from a near-mythical time and place.
A potent and sexy drama. The film's period soundtrack offers a great nostalgia fix.
Adept as both timely character study and epochal drama, Test wonderfully manages fully formed humanism without sentimentality.
An unsentimental but well-crafted look at San Francisco in 1985, during the early days of an epidemic that was just beginning to be understood.
Really well-acted with incredible dance scenes. It tells the story of the AIDS epidemic from a different perspective: that of a real, everyday gay person who isn't already an activist or infected. The fear is real, but it's not all-consuming. Really, a worthwhile film.
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