I don't live with my head in the sand. Being an average looking Caucasian has spared me more than a few uncomfortable situations. I don't live on Mars, and have long realized that even though many of my friends say they are not racist, I probably wouldn't have ended up being friends with them if my skin were any other color. It's probably not their fault however, most really, really try. People can deny what I write until they turn blue in the face, but because I also happen to be a middle aged man, and not a twenty something year old, experience tells me a different story. Maybe it's not intentional, but it's present none the less. In "today's" world, we have another situation on top of what I just mentioned. It's a rising "fear" that's joining with the latent racism now infecting our society. Fear and hate living in harmony. This can make for some sticky situations, and is hellish for the self proclaimed "liberal" friends we all know. Now, it's not just a personal fight against ones self being a racist, you have to fight against the fear as well. As I've all but written above, I myself am not racist. However, I would be lying if I wrote I had never had to battle that beast from time to time. Even on a subconscious level, I know it's there. I've laughed at racist jokes and have even perhaps thrown in a few myself. All done in the name of comedy of course, and not hate. At least... that's how I justify it. Now days, it's even harder because I'm also living with the fear. So where does that leave the people who are literally on the fence? The people who are slightly more inclined to racism and stereotypical thoughts? They may try to be better people, but once you add that "fear" into the mix, things can go bad... quickly. We're all human. That very statement means we should all know better, but are bound to make mistakes. So how does "The Visit" from writer Vishwas fit into this story? Well reader... it "is" this story. Without giving away any particular details, I've essentially summed up the plot of this title. Racism, stereotypical behavior and fear. It's all here giving Shane Andries, who directed this film, a chance to really showcase his skill behind the lens. Did he pull it off? You bettcha. "The Visit" is one of those films that really leave a sour taste in your mouth when it's over. Almost feeling guilty you were entertained as much as you were. That's right guys and gals. "The Visit" is an entertaining piece of work. No question about that. The fact that it points out the obvious, in such an entertaining manner, is a little scary. The fact you will probably be left thinking about it, after the credits role, is another story altogether. It really amazes me that this title hasn't won an entire string of awards at this point. But maybe, just maybe... it's because "The Visit" hits a little close to home for most. A little close indeed. Technically, this was another indie, low budget title that was a pleasant surprise. It looks great and plays like most of what you'll find on your TV. The audio is crisp, the post-colors are effective and it really was, overall a nice piece of work. The cast, including Vishwas himself did an outstanding job bringing the scary details of this story to screen. Amr El-Bayoumi and David Harris both splendidly bring our "visitors" to life and even the actors portraying the random street thugs, do a great job. There's really no complaints. This is a great looking film. Movies with a clear-cut message sometimes get lost along the way. Sometimes the message gets shadowed by the entertainment value, and sometimes the opposite happens. In this case, both are on point and have a "classy" kind of touch. Yes. I really enjoyed this title. I really enjoyed how it made me think, and truly appreciated the balance of "message" and "drama" contained within. Maybe I'm being a teeny-weeny generous with my rating... but if so, it's deserved. Any film, indie or studio, that makes me think when it's over - is worth a little bit extra. Interested yet? If so I have some good news for you. This is another freebie to watch. So what are you waiting for? See for yourself and maybe drop a comment or join their social pages. All eyes on deck.