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Director: Peter Hurd
Release Date: 2017, May 2017
Release Format: Video On Demand, DVD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Running Time: 1h 24min
Trapped in an abandoned insane asylum, five college students and the rogue scientists who abducted them must band together when a supernatural threat appears.
Filmmakers often infuse real events into narratives to enhance the viewing experience. This is the case with The Control Group. On television, many pharmaceutical commercials push the latest remedy. One can only wonder what goes on during these clinical trials. While the medicine aids one symptom there is a slate of dire side effects. How were these results gained and at what cost? Are sinister elements at play during these experiments?
Filmmaker Peter Hurd provides an artistic view on clandestine experimentation. For Hurd’s vision, the military-industrial complex is the source behind the nefarious deeds. This is a common element in films regardless of genre. The Control Group toys with the imagination combining science and the supernatural. This fusion always makes an interesting pairing.
From a technical standpoint The Control Group conveys tension and action. Peter Hurd together with cinematographer Jessica Gallant crafted a fine series of sequences. Yet, some scenes stood out more than others with successful execution. It wouldn’t be fair to classify the cinematography in whole as a negative. The reason is due to most of the film having highlight material.
A scene between a troubled youth and his concerned mother lacked in-depth connection. This scene serves as an integral part of the character’s backstory. Yet, the chemistry between the characters felt flat. Another scene features a woman callous to the sight of her lover’s demise. A tossed in dialogue and a hint of expression do little to convey trauma and/or despair.
The villainous mastermind behind the experiment felt two dimensional. This character along with the cast of unsuspecting test subjects felt generic. These roles didn’t stand out as a defining.
Writers Logan Gion and Peter Hurd developed an interesting concept. The Control Group offers good entertainment value. Yet, the fabric of the narrative treks on a familiar ground. Thus, the developing narrative may not suffice as redefining.
Presented is a story with unique aspects, each setting the film apart from theme related productions. The Control Group has a stance that remains in neutral. With the characters, Gion and Hurd don’t venture into original territory. It is the underlying story that shines as solid foundation.
The defining aspects of the film lie with the Mystery and Action accompaniments. As the theme changes Hurd’s film becomes a different entity. Pun intended. Another plus forThe Control Group is the conspiracy element. Betrayal becomes the central figure. The manifestation of this detail has a careful and gradual craft.
The Control Group has both strength and weaknesses within the story. The practical effects were remarkable. Much as the other contributing factors the makeup effects were either hit or miss. Even so, the practical effects were a welcome enjoyment. The Control Group is a fine specimen of Horror. Despite the errors, the film does well to convey a good story.
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