A struggling couple discover a hidden briefcase. When the Russian Mafia comes to collect, the couple must fight for their lives against these sociopaths.
Written By: R. Clay Ayers
Directed By: R. Clay Ayers
Indie thrillers can be tricky, especially this particular kind of story. In regards to the penned script, "Organizatsiya" doesn't stray far from cliche, yet manages to to stay unique enough to be fresh. On one hand it plays on all our fantasies of finding a bag of cash; or in this case a suitcase. On the other hand writer R. Clay Ayers explores the dark side of finding said cash. What plays out is an above average indie flick that most people will have no problem watching from start to finish. Including me.
Technically, we have a mixed bag of tricks with this one. "Organizatsiya" suffers from a few classic indie trademarks, so to speak. These are things and styles that are learned with experience so it's hard to really judge, knowing that without making these mistakes one can't progress. So let's look from a viewers only perspective, starting with fades. To be blunt, the fade to black segments in this film were really hard to ignore. There were a lot of them. Where most films would use a straight cut, "Organizatsiya" fades to black from one scene to the next. In certain places the fade works great, as it's meant to. However, fading again and again just get's hard on the mind and quite distracting. Moving on to the production itself. The cinematography of the film was actually well done and refreshing. A style exists that is really unique and helps tell the story in a great way. It's always good when production work enhances the narrative, instead of covering it up. Another area "Organizatsiya" excels is with it's use of Andrew Kramer's Pro Scores. I've heard his score elements everywhere it seems. Here, in this film, the levels and use are just right. Sometimes it's impossible to even tell or recognize what I was hearing. Excellent job all around! Well played indeed. What surprised me was the acting from the lead characters. For indie films, the acting usually suffers. It can be tough to pay for talent! I have got to say that the main characters here all played their parts well; coming across as real people and not pulled off of some script. The end result, as I wrote above is an above average flick that truly contains some moments of greatness.
As a whole movie I enjoyed "Organizatsiya" and had no problems stepping into the world R. Clay Ayers had laid before me. I thought the pacing was excellent and for the most part, the staple independent film "drag" moments were very few. For anyone looking to kill a little time this is a title to watch for and easily earns it's solid rating.
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