Romeo and Juliet are alive. For eighteen years and nine months, less a day, the star-crossed lovers lived in exile far from Verona. Now their hiding place is known, and the epic warring families are out for blood. The greatest love story ever told
is about to be reborn.
Written By: Philip Boast,
Directed By: Harry Boast
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Romeo and Juliet: the two names that are etched into our minds as a representation of true love. This film however, is not the classic story you may be thinking of, rather a modern take on what happens next, as life sets in and familiarity takes hold. The story elements have changed as time marched on. Sure, we all know the names... but not this story, not really. One of the interesting directorial choices from Harry Boast was the concept of a "real time" film. Everything plays out for us, the viewers, as it does for the characters in the movie. An interesting concept that could easily have went the other way. In this case however, the idea really adds drama to the story. Truth be told, for me, Philip and Harry Boast have pulled together an interesting piece of work, turning a story most of us know into something fresh, and doing it in an interesting way.
Technically, "The Enemy" is a mixed bag. Certain segments in the film are really nice visually; while other parts of the movie have "indie" written all over them. It's all so up and down! We, the viewers, are treated to a beautifully composed shot, lit nicely and to be honest... down right studio quality. Then, right after, we jump face first into the hand-held arena. If you want to make an indie film that actually looks like a million bucks... stay away from shaky hand-held shots. All the time I hear about "hand-held" adding drama to a scene, or that they simply couldn't afford a Steadicam rig. I completely understand. Indie film means low budget most of the time. Still no excuse. Use a tripod and lock off that shot! You may think it's boring, but for the viewer a simple locked off, stable shot is much prettier than a jumpy, jittery composition. Locked off shots have been around forever, and that's because they work.
With that written however, it's not lost on me that this particular film, with it's "real time" approach may have benefited from this style. I, personally just would have preferred a more traditional approach to the cinematography. Thankfully, this style of shooting does ease up as the film pushes forward, allowing more of a classic movie experience.
Nothing much to write about the actual editing itself. Pretty standard and straight forward, allowing the real time experience to really shine through. A good decision by the director, as I feel a really fast and fancy editing technique may have detracted from the style a little to much.
Where "The Enemy" really shines through is in the acting itself. The cast portrayal of the characters at times are eerie. You actually believe you're a fly on the wall, watching these "real" people live their lives. The anger and resentment seeps through and sticks in your brain! I was very impressed with both the lead and supporting cast. Excellent job all around. I found myself wondering how long this was rehearsed, how much booze was taken in... and just where the "character" ended and the actors themselves took over.
"The Enemy" is not perfect and that may be the beauty of it. It is well written, well acted and just unique enough to push it out of the sea of indie flicks, onto the less populated shore. A little long winded? Maybe a little, but you'll hardly tell as the cast pulls you into Philip and Harry Boast's little world. The continuation of the classic story, and the way it was presented was really cool, and I gotta say: Personally? I loved the off-beat humor of the cop segments! Until the final ones - wink wink. Well worth a look when it becomes available to the public. In the meantime, why not connect and follow? Links are on the left.
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