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Review: Inside Time

Posted by MP / August 28, 2007

In Jason Young’s "inside Time", bank robber Stephen Reid tells his own story while in jail. He knows what he’s done is wrong. So what is it that drives a man to a life of crime?

Stephen Reid is an intelligent man. You can tell by the way he talks, his use of the language and his views on life in general. Reid had a tough childhood. He reveals that he was molested when he was young and he fell into a life of drugs but doesn’t use this as an excuse. The irony is that he found separation from his drug habit while being confined in jail. The one thing I wish I knew more about was Reid’s current family situation. There is mention of his daughter but it’s only once and fleeting.

Jason Young does something that I wish that more documentary filmmakers would do. He lets Reid tell his story. There’s no question or answer period, no shots of the filmmaker and Reid’s eyes never leave the viewers eyes. The shots of the amusement park recall innocent days and freedom is taken for granted. The spider’s web works best when Reid discusses his drug problems. Like the fly that’s caught in the web and eventually engulfed by the spider much like Reid is engulfed with his vices. The open spaces of the woods and the confinement of the prison are perfectly contradicted throughout the film.

Young captures Reid’s honesty perfectly. He doesn’t apologize for his crimes but his eyes tell the story of his guilt and they speak louder than any words he could have ever said. Reid is frozen in jail time but while in there his life is incapable of moving forward. "Inside Time" is part of the Montreal World Film Festival and starts screening on September 1st. For details click here.

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