Best friends Zak and Anthony want a little
bit more out of life. Zak comes up with a
plan to rob the convenience store where Anthony works. Anthony, on the other hand, thinks it's just a bad idea. Now, they are
both about to find out that a bad idea can always get worse.
Written By: Zak McDonald, Anthony Mlekuz
Directed By: craig F. Watkins
Got handed a stack of movies to review the other day and right on the top of the was Craig F Watkins indie short "The Store". Looked promising enough so I popped it into my DVD player and sat down for a laugh or three. I hoped.
The quick version of this review? The Store isn't bad at all, and it does indeed serve up some laughs. More than a few. The pacing is quick and the movie, for the most part is a slick venture that pulls you in. I was glad I got a chance to watch. If you're looking to be entertained for a little under an hour, you could do a lot worse than this.
Now, a little more detail. Writing and pacing of this flick was done well. I can only remember one time thinking it was dragging a little. And that was brief. In this respect the writing shines through and like good writing always does, it elevates the movie. The production itself shows very well. Some nice camera work and crisp audio. Personally, a little more flare with the camera may have served this movie well, considering the content and pacing. A little more 'Chancy' and 'edgy' camera work may have pushed this movie up a few rungs. It's hard to tell though. In the end, it seemed they wanted to play it safe, and ensure a good result. And they got it. Nothing wrong with that. Where The Store, for me, falls a little short is in the acting itself. The lead characters for the most part do a great job. But a few spots in the film, when we're focused on the supporting characters felt a little scripted or just outright wrong. Acting is something that's hard to put a finger on, and I know how tough acting is. But, in some scenes, something just felt wrong and took me out of the world Mr. Watkins had created.
Overall, like I said earlier, The Store is a great little diversion that easily holds it's own above the 'Average line'. A great watch for both the casual and hardcore movie person alike. With more than a few laughs packed in, buying or renting a digital copy is money well spent. Links on the side, buy or rent a copy today!
My rating of The Store: 3.0 / 5.0
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