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Rule of Three: A Fantasia Film Festival Wold Premier

Posted by Sarah / July 20, 2008

RuleofThreePhoto.Last Wednesday, the Fantasia Film Festival was presenting the world premier of Rule of Three. Directed by Eric Shapiro, who also co-wrote the film with actress Rhoda Jordan, this low budget movie was a twisted story about rape gone horribly wrong (not to say that rape itself isn't horrible). The story begins with a very upset father who has some sort of mental breakdown, induced by the fact that his daughter has gone missing. It then breaks off into different chunks, separate scenes that all take place in a singular setting, that eventually all come together to shape up a single story.

The movie was generally pretty good and represented a good example of a low-budget success. I enjoyed the fact that the story line moved in a non-linear way, the setting remaining the same, yet no confusion was really created in this delicate enterprise.

One of the first things I noticed about the picture is that it seemed to be underexposed, which is something I felt was partly responsible for bringing in some sort of gloomy quality to the film. In parts where the action takes place outside, it was the exact opposite and brought much overexposure of the film, contrasting intensely with the indoor scenes. I thought that was an interesting aspect of the movie and was one of my favorite effects, however when I asked about it in the Q&A, they told me that they had some sort of problem with the film and that they actually had to boost up the light by 40% for the showing of the movie, which threw me off completely. I thought that was too bad and wished they could've given us a proper showing for the world premier. I am left wondering what the images really should've looked like and if that would've changed my perception of the picture. It's a pretty important factor in my book.

The action was well done and the fluctuation of the tension was timed in an unconventional yet successful manner. It rose in unexpected places and even triggered some laughter from the audience. It may sound highly inappropriate that a movie about rape should trigger laughter, but it's the type of situation when you have to be there to understand how this happened. These moments weren't so comedic as they pulled from a very dark sense of humor, triggered by extreme moral corruption. From the writer's talk that followed the movie, I figured out that the theme of the movie, three (hand-in-hand with karmic retribution), is a concept that is thoroughly explored in Rule of Three. Personally, I didn't really feel that it showed in a very flagrant way.

Some of the actors were better than others, but overall, it wasn't really a breaking point for me. I didn't feel like 100% of the script was pertinent to the storyline in a way that really brought something interesting to the story. I think that if some parts had been edited out, it might've made the film stronger, but it was good nonetheless. It definitely had strengths in its twists and dark humor, but left me undecided on whether or not I really liked it because of the aforementioned technical problems with the picture, minor glitches in sound, and weaknesses in some of the acting. Considering that it was shot in 12 days, that the filming and editing was very economical (not much was left out between the original reel and the final product) and that it was all accomplished under a very limited budget, I'd say the endeavor is nonetheless impressive and that they did well.

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