The Dunsing Plan (2013) – By Kirsten Walsh

With a crane shot panning in from above in the utter darkness, The Dunsing Plan leads in with tension and an eery sense of mystery in the parking lot of what can be assumed as a warehouse. We follow the lead as he walks through the warehouse, carrying a gas container. The style of the film is reminiscent of a British show, with its extreme high definition, but the vibrant colors bring reality to the film. With a somewhat long intro- the titles don’t come in until 3:14, the film settles on the lead as he converses with his brother about burning the warehouse down and how somehow, it went wrong.

The film then takes on a heavy conversational tone as the lead talks with his brother about the fall of their business and the fall of their family in the recession. The pacing is quick as the film relies on the two males explaining everything wrong in the film over the next seven minutes, which goes against the traditional “show, not tell” mantra that might have benefited the film. The film follows the two brothers as they argue, discuss, and drink their way through figuring out how to regain their fortune, and ends on a somewhat surprising note, fitting for the film. The film’s one sheet states that “the film is a bit of tongue-in-cheek nod to The Twilight Zone”, which is fairly obvious with the end of the film, and refreshing to see.

The locations of the film are extraordinarily spacious and beautiful, especially the house. The sound is excellent, and the music is fitting within the scenes. The cinematography is set up nicely, with a good mixture of shots, however, some of the close ups fade in and out of focus, seemingly unintentionally. The film is a great conversational piece, and has the potential to be expanded upon for a larger storyline. Definitely a good showcase of the actors Dennis Mattai and Judd Einan, and a great piece of work from director John Scott.