A teenage girl moves with her father for the summer to Stillwater, Minnesota.
She meets two misfit kids and together they work to unearth a secret the town hides.
Written By: Tristan James Jensen
Directed By: Tristan James Jensen
Tristan James Jensen's film "The Unearthing" begins with a glorious bang of beautiful, saturated color and an inkling that this... is going to be a teen adventure film. It starts off about as you'd expect. Teenage girl moving to a new house for the summer, meets strange girl and... you get the idea. Basically, we have a less intrusive chapter of "The Hardy Boys" without the namesakes. As far as being an Indie film goes, this is one of those titles that completely blurs the line of studio and independent. I was completely blown away by the lensing and overall polish "The Unearthing" was throwing my way. For the most part, this was a movie that simply put, looked visually as good as any you'll come across on television. Rounding up the impressive visuals was an audio track that was also inline with most semi-major studio offerings. Clearly some love and attention to detail had jumped on-board for this film; as a result, as I wrote above, "The Unearthing" is a beauty to watch and a pleasure to hear.
Usually, this next section I dedicate to nit-picking and in this write up, I will be no different. The problem though, as I wrote above, is that "The Unearthing" really doesn't give me much meat to try and chew apart. It was done so well that the areas I usually complain about were all excellent! So instead, let me write my overall impression. "The Unearthing" didn't play much like a "made for the movie theater" film; rather a "made for TV movie". The difference is really hard to explain... it just is. The general writing, pacing and editing style just screamed movie of the week! Numerous times I half expected to see a commercial between scenes! This is by no way an insult. Let me be clear on that. In all honesty it's more of a compliment. "The Unearthing" is completely "broadcast friendly" and ready to be aired! Delving a little more into the realm of complete honesty... there are loads of made for TV movies that hands down, beat out a lot of major theatrical releases. As I wrote above, I can't really explain why this movie feels like a "TV movie of the week", it just does. My other slight gripe is that I didn't feel the overall plot was explored enough. Things just felt a little hap-hazard by the end. A rush to wrap up a few loose ends. I don't normally wish a feature was a little longer but in this case, since it was an hour already, an extra 10 minutes or so wouldn't have hurt. This "peeve" is really small potatoes though, considering the quality of the production itself. And yes, there's still enough to tell the story the way it should be told.
"The Unearthing" is one of those films that will appeal more to young teens than adults. It does however, feature excellent production work and some great performances from the cast; which everyone will appreciate. This is one of those films you'll come across playing somewhere and without much thought, watch the whole thing. Never realizing you've just given up an hour of your time; One of those "Where did the time go?" moments. Real love was put into this production and because of that, "The Unearthing" instantly becomes one of the reasons I, myself love indie film. Why not see if it becomes the same for you?
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