Capture Kill Release

It's great to see someone working to fulfill a long-held dream. Well, most of the time it is. It depends on the dream. For example, in Capture Kill Release, Jen (Jennifer Fraser) dreams of making a documentary film. Sounds nice, right? The problem is, she wants to make a documentary of killing someone, which is not so nice. Luckily (so to speak), her husband Farhang (Farhang Ghajar) is willing to spend hours planning with her. They make trips to the hardware store for shovels and saws (disposing of a body is no easy task), and have long talks about exactly what sort of victim they want. It makes for some very surreal conversations, and yes, it is an extra layer of creepy that both leads are going by their real names.

Jen has already purchased a new camera to "document every phase" of the plan, and she's pretty obnoxious with it. When she's out filming, just practicing with the camera and looking for ideas -- all right, she's really looking for victims -- she gets talking to Gary (Jon Gates), a homeless man. Trying to get a better shot of Gary, she has a bad encounter with a random passerby (Rich Piatkowski), which is when Jen decides she has her target.

Farhang, though, thinks that Jen is making this too personal. He's more in favor of a 'pure' murder -- that is, one where they have absolutely no connection to or grudge against the victim. It's rather like the Leopold and Loeb case from the twenties, though since they were tried and convicted for their supposedly perfect murder they may not be the best role models. The point is, Jen and Farhang can't agree on the victim, which puts Jen's lifelong dream in jeopardy. And Jen's not having that.

This is not a movie for the faint of heart. Yes, when the summary is all about murder and corpse disposal that's a given, but I still feel like I should emphasize that point. It may be that I'm overreacting, though; I shouldn't have watched this just before the big Thanksgiving meal. But it's an excellent premise and very well-acted. There's a good connection between the two leads, while Gary is desperately, painfully friendly and polite.

Unfortunately, given the premise, it's logical for one of the characters to be doing all the filming, which means that you have to deal with a lot of shaky-cam. This is also not a good thing just before the big Thanksgiving meal, or indeed if you want to be able to stand up straight after the credits roll. It doesn't quite reach Cloverfield levels, but close.

Aside from this, though, it's good, gruesome entertainment. It's as much a dark comedy as a thriller -- I couldn't decide whether to laugh or cringe at many of the scenes and usually ended up doing both. But if you don't mind a somewhat guilty pleasure give it a try. Just make sure you allow at least an hour on either side where you don't have to go anywhere near any food.

Yes, Jen is much too excited about that axe.


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