Looking back at life from another level. As the story of Rearview develops, Fresno's life unravels and we learn why he is stuck in the past...
Written By: Robert Gulassarian
Directed By: Robert Gulassarian
What we have here is a very stylized production mostly pulled off through the use of odd transitions, black and white inserts, and some unusual angles thrown in for good measure. This is all pieced together into the feature film Rearview written and directed by Robert Gulassarian. At first I wasn't sure what my reaction would be to the amount of stylization in the film, by the end though, I didn't even notice it. The unusual nature meshed and became the norm. Looking back now, I can't picture watching a version of Rearview that wasn't stylized like this. What's my point? In this particular case the stylized visuals worked; bringing the overall level of this film up a notch. Sometimes, doing your own thing pays off and in this case... paid off well.
This isn't a story that's never been told. We've seen this before and we'll see it again. With that written however, let me ask you this. What is new? Everything's seemingly been done and now, it's simply about writing a good re-hash with some snappy dialog. Right? In that respect, I can honestly say that Rearview is a well written film; showcasing a gritty reality that the camera captured nicely. This is all pulled together with some quick editing that felt intentionally flawed. Cuts that I never would have thought worked seemed right at home here; complimenting the visual stylization and pushing forward the grundgy narrative. Some real care was taken to make Rearview a little different and again, it paid off. Everything else aside, taking front and center are the cast themselves; pulling off performances that vary from awesome to so-so. At times I was completely floored by the performances, in a good way. Then, other times I was... underwhelmed to say the least. I should point out that some of the less than stellar performances may not have been the fault of the actors at all, bringing me to my next point. The audio.
I'm not sure how much, but a good bunch (if not all) of Rearview has been re-recorded. Sometimes, the only way to go is the ADR route. It can pay off in a big way. Here however, in this film... it just seems off at times. There are sequences where at first glance (or listen) you feel like the actor is holding back. I went back and checked some of these scenes and most were clearly re-recorded. It is completely possible that some of what I quoted as "underwhelming" in the acting department, was actually just an odd sounding re-record. It can be amazing how much little things in the audio matter.
In the end, the few issues I've raised above don't take away as much as you may be thinking. Rearview is still a solid four in my books. Quoting some famous actor somewhere "And that ain't bad"! This is one of those films you begin to watch and then "Poof!" the credits start up! Where did the time go? When you're looking for a few hours of solid entertainment... here it is. Rearview was a great Indie feature and I was glad to have got a look. Cheers guys. Excellent job all around... and yes... Twix are for kids... err... Tricks.
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