Five (2007) – By Brian Morton

 It’s not too often that I get to see an indie movie from another country, and to get one from as far away (from me) as New Zealand was a real treat! And, the movie was actually very good too. It’s called Five and it’s a bit different than the normal indie horror movie I’ve seen recently.

The story is very good, five friends are traveling to a remote site, where they’ll have their annual weekend campout. They’re all dealing with the recent death of a friend and, because two of them are getting married and one is moving out of the country, this will be their last hurrah. As the movie unfolds, we can see that each person is dealing with the recent loss in their own way, some better than others, and that they’re a close knit group. When one of them is found dead, the movie suddenly takes a wild left turn and becomes something that I didn’t quite expect.

Five is a very different horror movie, set in a remote location with only five characters, I sort of expected some monster or killer to suddenly begin picking the campers off one at a time, when it’s revealed who’s killing people, it does come as a big shock to the audience. The movie also uses an interesting device, allowing us to see different aspects of the trip through the eyes of different campers, often treading ground that we’ve already covered, but don’t despair dear reader, the end is worth it all! Five has an ending that will blow your mind, after establishing all the characters, writer/director Amit Tripuraneni puts a twist on things that nearly blew my mind, and it’s very good! I’m giving Five three and a half out of four cigars, and it only lost that half cigar because, after all the relationships are established, the movie lingers just a little too long on them, and not getting to the action quickly enough. All in all, it’s a very good movie and one that will, no doubt, get Mr. Tripuraneni noticed in the film community, so don’t forget you read about him here first! You can find out more about Five, where it will be showing and watch the trailer for this cool indie film, by heading over to the Unkreative Artists web site. So, until next time, when I’ll be watching the mail for more goodies from overseas, remember that the best movies are bad movies.