A woman holds a package, a box, that she must deliver to a semi-secluded house. Drop and go are the instructions and realistically, this should be an easy task. For this particular woman however, her compulsion to see this task to its completion - including actually witnessing it getting picked up, has driven her to do some pretty weird things. Including breaking and entering. What should have, in theory, been an ordeal lasting a couple of minutes ends up eating up around ten minutes and how it all ends? Well, reader, that's up for interpretation. This is a write-up for "The Entry" from Danny Miguel.
Having to go back, and read the director's statement about a film never rubs me the right way. I feel a movie should tell its story onscreen, and if we have to go back and read a description, something is maybe not quite right. I understood the general atmosphere Danny Miguel was creating, just not the character motivation and to some extent, the general concept. So, I read the director's statement and after that, a little more made sense. As it sits? "The Entry" is all about atmospherics. Creating a sense of dread as the character struggles with her idea of completing a task from start to finish. Reading the description kind of made the story work, although to be completely honest, there are still plenty of character actions that make no sense to me. I'll get into that below but generally speaking? "The Entry" is not a bad film in any way - it's a quick, atmospheric diversion that does manage to create a sense of dread... in me anyhow. The last few minutes are far superior, but because this flick is so short, it doesn't take long to get there. For anyone looking for a quick getaway, this short-film is easily worth checking out. For those not interested in the technical babble, just skip right to the end of this review.
So, let me get right into it... technically, this is not a perfect film. The same can be said about the story as well, when you actually stop and think about what's going on, it crumbles a little. "The Entry" is clearly a low-budget film, independent film - and that's what we do here. Anyone who is into this sort of film surely doesn't expect a hundred million dollar flick, but sometimes, there are things that are not money related, that stand out. Straight away I noticed the odd-sounding, really loud, and repeating footsteps of the character. I actually turned my sound down because the stock walking sound began to wear me down. It seems such a small thing but quickly becomes noticeable.
The sound was only a small issue however, and the big one? The editing of the film itself. Easily put, the way this film flows demonstrates a knack for editing, but perhaps the actual level of experience hasn't caught up yet. "The Entry" is full of odd feeling cuts, but as an example, I'll use a scene close to the end of the film. Our leading lady puts the package on the table. Simple enough, on continuous shot would have been perfect. Here though, we literally have six edits within a seven or eight-second period. Back and forth from her, to the table, her, table, again and again. It just looked so weird and jumpy and for the life of me, I can't understand why it was done this way. That was one example of many.
As for the story itself, I've already discussed some of my issues with it but I wanted to touch on one of the more crazy aspects, such as the character's actions themselves. First and foremost, why oh why would she break into this house? Let me tell you, if the FedEx guy walked into my house and started going room to room - I'd be pretty upset. But going a step further, once inside, the character's actions make even less sense. A scene at the end has our hero in the house when finally, one of the doors begin to open. Instead of identifying herself, "Hi, I'm just here delivering a package." or even just a simple hello - she literally says nothing. Even more strange? She approaches the opening door, still silent! What a way to get your head blown off lady!
Okay, okay. I'm harping a little but in truth, "The Entry" is designed around atmosphere and feeling, and to some extent, it manages to accomplish its goal. This is not a perfect film, but it's not a horrible one either. The last act is pretty decent and as a whole film, I enjoyed my time here. Talent? Yes. A knack for visuals? Yes. Perhaps a little green? I believe the answer is yes as well. This is a solid enough short film and when it's all said and done, I enjoyed my time here.