I can just imagine that anyone noticing the one and a half stars above is probably saying, "Yeah, it's clearly a low budget film." Or perhaps Rick Masi himself cursing my lack of imagination or creative disposition. He could be thinking that I have no clue, and he could be right. Yet my lower rating is not for the reasons you may think and as a matter of fact? I would recommend "I Saw Red" to numerous friends and acquaintances I know. So, just what gives is probably what you're asking right? The answer is simple. "I Saw Red" may have been entertaining for me, but it's definitely not a movie. It's not a film, short film, show, or reality series. If anything it's exactly what it says on the tin - a confession video or perhaps an audition tape. In no sense, however, is it a film and in case you're wondering why I even rated it a one and a half stars? It's because of Masi's great acting.
This really could be a confession video - caught on some small camera in a detectives interview room. Masi himself feels as if he could actually be in custody, not some actor playing a role. I found myself engulfed by the story and even, dare I write, mesmerized. It's all really sad and goes hand in hand with the old saying about the apple not falling far from the tree. It's haunting and handled excellently - but still, by no means a film. Normally, something like this would get a half star but Rick's performance is stellar - it's really that simple.
So, normally this section is reserved for my technical observations but in this case, there's again... not much to write. The large photo atop this write-up is exactly what you get. No breaks, no alternate angles, and no fuss. It's pretty much a one-off ladies and gents, akin to being an audition video as I wrote above. I've already made clear what I think of Rick Masi's performance, and save a few words from the interviewer, there's nobody else. Just him.
So, lets cut straight to the chase. There's some entertainment here for those who enjoy this kind of thing - but mostly, I simply can't see there being much of an audience for this. You can't even write that it's a real confession, in the hopes of roping in some crime aficionados - because its not. An interesting and well played acting submission? Sure. A short film? No way. Did I still personally enjoy it? You bet I did.