Family man Tom has seen something he
can't forget, a mysterious video with an ugly secret that soon spreads into his daily life and threatens to dismantle everything
Written By: Elias
Directed By: Elias
Gut. Brought to us by Elias. I looked at the DVD, remarked on the interesting title and popped it into my DVD player. And so began the 90 minute roller coaster of good and bad, disturbing and cheesy. All rolled into one neat little package that consists of 3 letters.
G u t.
Two childhood friends with a love of B horror films share a dreary life and work side by side, sharing a boring life. Friend one, Tom is slightly better off with a loving family and a seemingly healthy sex life. Dan on the other hand is the nerdy loner that in most movies we all love. And maybe you will in this one as well. Time will tell. The movie really begins when the two friends come across an apparent Snuff video of a woman being... "Gutted". The video takes hold of the two friends and the main plot of Gut begins.
In the way of story, Gut can become very disturbing very fast. It's also left somewhat open at the end and leaves you wondering about a lot of aspects of the movie. I myself rather enjoy a little mystery but some may absolutely hate it. The nutshell of the plot is a fall into slight madness after watching these snuff flicks. If you think along the lines of Nicolas Cage in the movie 8mm you would be on the right track.
It may seem I'm coming down on this movie a lot. And maybe I am. Why? It's because as I watched I kept expecting so much more. The production quality seems great. The acting, at times was fantastic! And that's the problem. As great as the acting was at times, sometimes a line would completely wreck the scene because it was cheesy, or came across as cheesy. The lead actors did great jobs until the cheesy line would creep in. In a lot of ways, the supporting cast came across as way better. This isn't to say this movie is acted badly. For the most part, the cast did an amazing job.... Let me explain a little later.
Audio in this movie was great. Crisp, clear and mixed nicely. As was the camerawork and coloring. If I came across this movie on TV or a movie channel... or even Netflix it would look totally at home. Great coloring and overall nice job. Congrats post production crew. Nicely done.
But now, I want to touch up on the acting again, and my overall thoughts on what would have made this movie a lot better. The editing. This movie runs at around 90 minutes. If they cut even 15 minutes from the final edit, Gut would have been given a much better score. It is just to long. Let me give you an example. There are shots in this movie that are 30+ seconds long.... of nothing. Someones back, or their eyes, or someone sleeping. Totally not needed footage. You will see someone sitting on a step from a reverse angle and 40+ seconds later, same cut, someone will walk onscreen and a conversation starts. Why the 40+ second delay? Why not have just edited it so the man walks onscreen almost right away? The real problem is that it's not just once. But countless times. The same is true with the segments of "Cheesy acting" I was talking about earlier. Most of the "Cheese" lines are not even needed to move the film forward. They could have been edited right out. If this was done, the actors would have received praises for their great acting. That's what I meant earlier. The actors came across as totally believable.... and then an un-needed cheese line would work it's way in. And, like I said, it wasn't even needed to move things along.
Overall, Gut wasn't bad. A better edit and some major cuts (15-20 minutes worth) and I would have given it a perfect score. Production was great. Acting (Minus the cheese lines) was great. Post Production (Minus what should have ended on the cutting room floor) was great. And I should also add that the editing itself was good. It was just the choices made of what to keep that hurt it. It almost seemed like scenes were left in, or extended just to add to the films run time.
Gut is worth a viewing if you love this style of movie. A rental at least if you get my point. But like I said at the start, what really bothers me is the potential I see lost in the edit. I may have scored it a 5 with some revisions.
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