Target Fascination (2015) – By Matthew Robinson

The new film from Dominic and Andrew Pelosi is called “Target Fascination”; a human drama set in Australia. The film centers on a family (Louise Vanselve & Pamela Eagleson) attempting to reconcile with a man named Joe (Darrell Hoffman). Joe is a criminal and he has a direct link to this family; he raped and murdered their family member. The film focuses on whether or not the family can find closure and if Joe can find peace now that he has been released from prison.

Dominic & Andrew Pelosi previously worked on the independent film “The Big Noise”, and their polish shows in many sequences throughout the film. Dominic directed, edited and shot the film and makes good use of the beautiful Australian locales in his film. Often times he almost creates a trancelike state as he flows from scene to scene. At times he does overuse the dolly tracking effect, but in a general sense it’s a well-photographed film.

The acting is pretty good across the film, at times due to the concept of the film I didn’t quite buy the characters’’ relationships with one another. There are some powerful moments in this movie and there are also moments that will have you beginning to wonder about morality and forgiveness as well. The performances feel genuine most of the time despite the clear mixing of both professional and non-professional actors.

It was a tad hard for me to buy the concept. Rape and murder is just about the most abhorrent crime there is on the planet, and I just found it difficult to believe that a family would ever want to become friendly with their daughter’s rapist. Even suspending this disbelief still gives the movie a very uncomfortable edge. Despite Hoffman’s best efforts his character never came across as very sympathetic, and maybe he’s not supposed to. That being said, I was intrigued to know how things would progress as the movie chugged along.

It is a slow moving film, and while I can enjoy that sort of pacing in many scenarios here it came off a bit boring. The concept of this film is basically one giant taboo and yet it felt quite restrained and even pedestrian at times. This may be in part due to Andrew Pelosi’s script. While the skeleton of what happens is very engaging and unique the dialogue tends to be ham fisted; and overcooked.

The dialogue doesn’t feel natural, and at times that lends to the atmosphere of the product as it gives a somewhat poetic feel to the scenes. Then at other times it just comes off as the characters are more ideals than actual people. Andrew Pelosi with his next script will need to find a way to enact more clearly inciting incidents and watershed moments.

“Target Fascination” is a film that certainly knows what it is, and it’s very commendable that such a small crew was able to pull it off. Regardless of it’s shortcomings it is still impressive as a final product. While it may not be a story for everyone it could ignite some hard conversations amongst viewers.

You can visit the facebook page for this film here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dominic-Pelosi/152432441589512