3, Takes The Revenge Concept to Next Level
Director: Lou Simon
Writer: Lou Simon
Release Date: TBA
Release Format: TBA
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour, 20 Minutes
A man and a woman kidnap her rapist in order to extract a confession from him. Locked up in the basement of a remote home, he is unwilling to confess on camera and continues to assert his innocence. With time running out, how far are they willing to go for justice and what if they are wrong?
3 has completed production. Produced by White Lotus Productions, Adequate Actor Productions, and Ash Films. It was released at a film maker’s panel at the Indianapolis Conference Center. A public release date has yet to be announced.
It is the fifth feature by director Lou Simon. She is also known for All Girls Weekend, The Awakened, HazMat, and Agoraphobia.
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After a woman was drugged, kidnapped, and sexually assaulted, the police passed off the crime on the count of there was no real evidence to make any judgments. Sometime later, She (Aniela McGuinness) and her friend, He (Todd Bruno), kidnaps her tormentor, It (Mike Stanley), and He puts him through torture and pain, forcing him to make a confession on camera regarding the crime he committed on Her.
However, It is clueless as to what He is talking about, swearing that he never committed the crime and that it had to be someone else. Soon, confusion begins to take over His mind and he starts to question the circumstances or if She is telling the truth.
The camera angles are up close and personal with the subject. There are high angles scattered in the film. The beginning credits play like an 8MM film, which is a nice touch.
3 centers on a man filled with a vengeance after his beloved friend is raped. He becomes furious when the police decide not to proceed with the investigation, letting the attacker walk free with no punishment. This pitch has a steady frequency in Horror cinema. However, what sets Lou Simon’s film apart is the direction she takes it in. Most films of this theme begin and end the same way. In 3, the viewer what happened the film unfolds. There is a shocking plot twist that is original and redefines this theme.
The costume selections are simple with little work needed. The masquerade mask worn by the protagonist hides his face could have been a better mask. For one, as far as attempting to hide his face, it didn’t achieve that. He can be recognizable wearing it.
The special effects are amazing with violent scenes becoming believable. This avoids being cliche or mediocre. Random violence balances out because the film itself is dark but somewhat soft-natured. A musical score becomes apparent in the beginning and ending credits. These are dramatic instrumental compositions that fit the tone of the film with perfection. Scattered throughout the film are dramatic theatrical sounds that increase the intensity.
With the plot and story buildup in mind, it also makes the film predictable. It progresses in a way where you understand what will happen early on.
The performances are good, but more would have been better. Bruno’s portrayal of a man scorned and heavy with vengeance was lacking and showed more hesitation. McGuinness’ portrayal of a rape victim was also lacking, and the viewer questions her sanity. There’s no jump scare in 3. To see Bruno filled with so much vengeance he inflicts the same pain, even worse, on McGunniess’ tormentor is scary. It all has to do with how devious and evil man can get.
3. In Conclusion
Lou Simon’s 3 is a very dark and masculine film that is also soft-natured. The plot twist is great. Also, the film ends with a cliffhanger and makes it open for a sequel. I am interested to know if there will be a sequel in the works. What’s also redefining is that a woman directs this film.
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