Cleaners (2011) – By Brian Morton

Drugs and love, it’s a movie combo as old as…well…movies. But a new movie from Doug Reese, Cleaners, takes that idea and brings it a bit closer to home.

The story here is pretty straight forward and grim, two young people, who are addicted to prescription medication, lock themselves into their home and get high and clean it. Well, there’s a bit more to it than that, the two are locked into a very dark cycle, drugs then talk, then cleaning, then more drugs and finally…well, I wouldn’t want to give away a good ending.

Cleaners is a character study of two people locked into a bad, bad place because of addiction. It’s dark, it’s depressing and it feels very real. The actors don’t feel like they’re acting and the end of the ride seems like it’s ripped from the headlines.

I’m giving Cleaners 3 out of 4 cigars, it’s not a perfect movie, but when you consider the less-than-low-budget, it’s amazing what Reese managed to pull off, and there are times that I felt like I was just watching home videos of someone cleaning their house! You can check this out for yourself by heading over to http://www.wix.com/dougreese0911/cleaners-website#!.