Frog Dreams (2011) – James Dubbeldam

Frog Dreams, by writer/director/star Daniel Jordano is a feature film about an unusual relationship between two unlikely friends.

Mickey (Daniel Jordano) is a mover trying to make ends meet. Jim (John Squire) is a fund manager who has just lost his job and millions of dollars of his client’s money. And he’s addicted to cocaine.

When Jim hires Mickey to move some boxes from his office, the men embark on an adventure and both learn from an unlikely companion, ultimately growing as men/people.

The film itself is solid overall. It isn’t a big budget film, and doesn’t pretend to be. It has it’s issues- sound, continuity, lighting, story issues etc. But it’s almost to be expected. The very limited action in the film is poor- it’s difficult to watch. But it’s at the end of the film, after one has grown to expect not as much as we might be used to from bigger budget films. So it works. If it happened early however, some viewers could easily be turned off. It’s a low-budget film concentrating on the two main actors and is dialogue based.

The actors have chemistry and are obviously well-rehearsed. They are believable; their dialogue has faults and holes, but is plausible.

We spend our time primarily with the two men, who experience a lot! Sex, violence and attempted suicide pass between these strangers who aren’t fazed by their adventure. It’s real to them. And it very goes too far. It stays grounded.

The story is modern, relatable and we can all find similar problems in our life. It hits home. It’s almost “safe” and appeals to a very wide audience.

When a man/person steps up for another- putting themselves at risk/making themselves vulnerable, especially if it’s a stranger- makes the film potentially powerful. Especially if it’s believable. And here it is.

Overall, Frog Dreams is a solid independent film. As long as you can get over issues plaguing almost all films in the independent/low budget world, you’re in for an up-lifting, heartfelt story. Enjoy.