After four years of escorting to pay for college, a young graduate has a chance at his dream job but realizes this means leaving behind a client he has fallen in love with.
Written By: Tommy Craven
Directed By: Tommy Craven
It's no big secret that the choices we make in life dictate our future, for better or worse. No matter your situation, the action you take today guides your tomorrow. The problem starts and ends when the choice isn't so obvious. Do we cover our needs for the present or try to cover our future selves? Sometimes we get lucky and the two scenarios compliment each other; most times however, such as the scenario presented in "Getting Off", our choices become much more difficult to make. For me, writer / director Tommy Craven has beautifully illustrated such a scenario. Current needs Vs ones potential future, and as the credits roll you may find yourself asking how you even considered this film was about anything else. Sure, we have some interesting characters, some situations that range from common to the "A weird thing happened at so-and-so's place last night", but in the end "Getting Off" is really about one thing. Life choices. Remove the filler, as interesting as it can be, and that's what's left. Option A or option B. In the end, this flick is about those choices we all have to make, and it's put together in a way that is both thought provoking at times, and completely entertaining throughout.
Technically, I have no complaints about this movie, which is quite unusual for an indie flick. The video and audio are all done quite well, and it's all been put together in a way that easily progresses the film in a smart and sensible way. I would like to write that the cast themselves have done a great job. The lead and supporting actors all feel natural and unscripted, easily allowing us, the viewers, to actually believe what we're seeing onscreen. For an independent film this is no small task. I'm always so happy when things fall into place character-wise. The great job putting these fine folks together to make a movie is well worth mentioning, and so I did.
When it's all said and done, "Getting Off" is well above average in every respect. It's a no holds barred kind of film with it's visuals, so it's not for the faint of heart. If you can get past that however, a great story is being told by a great cast and crew. Tommy Craven has taken something that we all know, even if we choose to pretend not to, and turned it into an entertaining half hour. "Getting Off" never comes across as cheap or low budget, and although not so much a life lesson in itself, it's still well worth the time. In hindsight, this is also one of those rare pieces that could have benefited from a feature length send-off. Still though, for the half hour it plays, it owns the screen.
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