Quick Shop (2011) – By Emily Intravia

Two college pals with an uneasy past park at a rest stop for a quick bathroom break off a barren rural road. The country strong butcher takes offense at their bigger city attitude, leading to a tense night of murder, mystery, and twists.

Quick Shop is a 14 minute long film written by John Leary (who wrote the bulk of the script) and Martin Binder, with Martin Binder directing. The fairly straightforward plot is prefaced by the nerve-racking story of a terrified woman awaiting the arrival of her violent gun-toting ex. How this connects to Quick Shop’s main story is a rewarding surprise that won’t be spoiled here.

There’s nothing revolutionary about this short film, but it’s a fun and tight ride that bares the mark of a competent filmmaker with a strong feel for the genre. Sure, we roll our eyes when Trevor (Rob F. Hercik) convinces Hunter (Chris Stevens) that they should split up inside the menacing the convenience store, an idea that makes no sense save for the fact that genre convention demands it. It’s a trick that can be forgiven when the camerawork, filled with a few interesting shots, makes up for it. Though the dialogue comes off a little stilted, the cast delivers it with enough conviction to keep us invested in their fate.

The film occasionally shows its budgetary limits, most notably in an early scene set in a non-moving moving car. Quick Shop works better when it leans on the simple, from the haunting opening scene short from inside a closet to some stalker-y chases inside the convenience store.

Quick Shop is currently making its way through the festival circuit. To learn more about the film and future screenings, visit its official website at http://quickshopmovie.com