A Private War
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An appreciably moody but dramatically stilted crime drama that exudes a certain retro appeal before collapsing into a series of empty neo-noir poses.
The Frontier serves as an excellent showcase for its actors as well as a striking calling card for Shai's directorial chops. However, the flaws in its storytelling and character development do keep it from being as great a film as it could have been.
There's definitely something refreshing about seeing a full-blown retro crime thriller, but Oren Shai's feature directorial debut is reduced to a mere novelty because there's so little access to the main characters.
The Frontier is a blast from the past as far as suspenseful thrillers go, but it's not an entirely invigorating one.
Director Oren Shai steadily builds a timeless pulp world, one that purloins from 30s seedy gangsters, 50s greasers, and 70s slick crime.
Well-paced, nicely shot, and smart enough to give each member of the ensemble a few moments to shine.
The film has a very low budget but the lack of funding doesn't stop this film from being intriguing. I enjoy noir films and this one reminds me of some of John Dahls early 90s films, the pacing is there and if you aren't into slow burning films, this won't work for you. The lead actress has a vulnerability and beauty which is quite a find for a film of this budget. The cast are all quite uniquely chosen, they have odd quirks and interesting characteristics that ensure you stay interested. It took a little while to realise Lynch was one of the supporting characters, she definitely has the presence to give her character an odd weird feeling. The DOP and filmmakee deserve the biggest write up as the shots are sometimes taunt and have that unnerving David Lynch style. Aint it cool news had written a positive review on this which remindes me while I was looking for something else. I like tight thrillers on minimum budget and this fills the void, I just hope Dahl has a chance to return to similiar movies like this. The Last Seduction is on my rewatch list and I hold this right up there with that film, just a fraction weaker. 02-07-2017.
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