The question that has always been with us. That cliche question. A crammed together word that's not actually a word at all, rather three separate ones. Whodunit? So who did? Who killed Iris? The suspect pool isn't all that large, but large enough to make things interesting. At least, that's the hopes of Matheus Ronn and Mans Reimer, who wrote this throwback film. As the suspects are interviewed, clues are dropped and it's up to us, the viewers, to figure out who devised and carried out this dastardly scheme. I hope you'll be paying attention viewer... because unless you figure it out you'll never know. The question then becomes... will you even care? "Jury Duty" is one of those productions that are meant to look dated. From what many call the golden age of film. That dreaded 4:3 aspect ratio and the grainy, black and white footage of yester-year. Placed between interview segments, focused on the suspects, we're treated to little mini-movies that highlight just what took place. Picture your favorite reality show - where the producers include dramatic recreations of the events being discussed. That's the idea here as Matheus Ronn directs the action, hoping to capture that old school flare. It's a mixed bag. Not in the sense that it varies all that much, rather in the sense that it's cool at first... and eventually wears thin on your nerves. There's so much to love however, such as the news insert at the start, and the general dialog, really does bring back thoughts of films from a long gone age. It just may be a little long winded for many. More on that below. The beauty of indie film is the creators ability to do what they want. How they want. This can lead to some really cool stuff gracing our personal screens. The old school look has been done before, and will probably be done many times again. There really is something magical that can happen with black and white. It kind of forces you to focus on lighting and framing. Yet that classic aspect ratio drives me crazy. It just looks so silly today. The edges look like two black voids that are quite distracting. As for the production itself? It was pleasantly done quite well. Shots worked, the audio felt authentic, and even the blurred out title cards were great to watch. "Jury Duty" just felt a little long. As good as the cast were at portraying people from a long ago era, it eventually just felt like it dragged a little. My true concern is that anyone who doesn't understand, or appreciate the nostalgic properties of this film, won't stick around to watch the entire movie. "Jury Duty" limits it's own audience with the look and length. For those that do understand and appreciate this style however, there really is a decent production waiting. Something a little different... yet strangely not so different at all. In the end, we have an interesting idea brought to life in a classic way. Something that will make you really think and pay attention. Well... the right viewer will anyhow. Clearly this won't be everyone's cup of tea. If you are into the golden aged Hollywood style however, "Jury Duty" is a great fit. It's really hard for me to decide how much the classic aspect ratio affected my general thinking of this production. It does fit in with the intended style. Hell, it "is" the intended style. I just think sometimes things go obsolete for a reason. In this age of color, we all don't sit in front of our black and white televisions do we? Why would we? With that said, I did appreciate the concept of leaving the answer for the viewer to determine. What a good idea. So viewer... when the time comes... maybe you can figure out whodunit. Just remember not to share your answer.