FEAR (2014) – By Loida Garcia

Fear…

Have you ever been in a situation where the smallest most insignificant noise or movement out of the corner of your eye sends you spiraling into a state of fear or panic?  Where every other little thing that happens afterwards just keeps adding to that fear?  I know I have.  That being the case when I received this film I was really intrigued and excited to watch their representation of such moments.  As written in their press release, “FEAR is a visually striking poetic film on the universal emotion that can hit us when we let insignificant little incidents spin wildly out of control”.

I’ll be honest, I was a bad little reviewer this time and watched the film before even opening the press release.  Because of this the film felt a bit lost and out of place.  Most of the cuts felt as if they were carelessly planned out (we would go from the lead having dry hair to wet hair to dry hair and back all within seconds), as if there was zero storyboarding done.  The ending of the film left me a tad confused to say the least until I finally got around to reading that amazing thing called a “Press Release”.  Thankfully they explain everything in a way that it all made sense when I rewatched the film.  The downfall to this is that you do need to have that breakdown in order to see the poetic beauty that FEAR portrays.  So unless viewers are given a handout with the explanation they will likely be left saying, “Wait…wasn’t her hair wet just a moment ago?”, “Why did she completely strip to shave her legs, get dressed to wash her hair, and then strip again for a bath.”, “Her hair, why is it dry again?”.  

When it comes to the quality the director did an excellent job maintaining the same look and feel as that of a high budget film.  The only times the quality was lessened a bit was during the very few POV shots shown, as well as the music coming from the radio.  Other than that I give Steve Kahn ultimate praise for creating a visually beautiful movie.  

I would also like to give high praises to Jessie Rabieau for doing an excellent job as the fearful maiden.  She executed the role beautifully and naturally.  She is an actress that I certainly look forward to watching again.  

My Personal Review:

Rating Scale:  Movie Theatre, Redbox Rental, or Skip It — Redbox Rental (only because of its length)

Cheese Factor:  Vegan (no cheese), Teleggio, Limburger, Stinking Bishop — Vegan