Open (Film) Review

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OPEN

Co-Writer, Co-Producer and Director: Miles Doleac,

Co-Writer/Co-Producer: Lindsey Anne Williams

Producer: Elena Sanchez

Starring: Miles Doleac, Jeremy London, Lindsey Anne Williams, Elena Sanchez, William Forsythe

Release date: November 7th to Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube Movies, iTunes and Cable V.O.D.

Open is a spectacular Film that works on multiple levels. To start, its superb choice in casting serves its multi-layered script that gives us more than your average “Thriller.” The film mixes a handful of genres with uniquely-bold Direction by Miles Doleac.

The Filmmakers doesn’t go for all the cliches of its plot. I mean, let’s be real, EVERY movie has some cliches, it is why we admire certain movies or genres. In Open, A woman in a troubled marriage falls into a complicated relationship with an ex-TV heartthrob (Jeremy London Party of Five), while hallucinating that she fronts an 80’s New Wave band.

I felt Open needed to be recommended, because it is not only entertaining, but carries certain gems for film-lovers who want to look past the surface of the the story. If you enjoy a good soundtrack, love striking visuals or like to give some love to the editing, this film is for you! You can feel how much Doleac loves and understands 80’s music. The real pleasure here is the synchronicity of Nathan Tape’s cinematography that provides kick-ass images for Keith J. Hollingsworth (Editor) to cut. Like a good Jazz band, Hollingsworth magnificent editing guided by Doleac’s Filmic-rhythm as a Director; makes for a metaphorical Jazz trio. Ok, allow me to be cliche and say Doleac orchestrated the music video scenes that harken to the MTV days.

As for me, I can always count on Doleac trying something new to push the envelope in his cinematic world. This is his 7th feature as a Director and he is starting to consistently use a wonderful pool of talent . This marks his third film with Jeremy London (Dinner Party and Demigod). London playing the role of an Ex-TV heart-throb was perfect casting. London really showed he has some acting chops and for 80’s/90’s kids, he is more than a Mallrat. To me, the sign of a good actor, is using their spirit and eyes to sell it. I never thought I would associate anything but joy with the visuals of Jeremy London and here, well, can’t spoil the plot!

This marks Doleac’s second film with William Forsythe (The Hollow) and he again collaborates with actress Elena Sanchez (Demigod) who is also wearing a Producer hat for her third creative Journey with Doleac. Again under the guidance of Doleac, her talent makes us see past her good looks. I have to wonder as a fan of the film and this director, is it his script or direction that makes us see inside her character? The camera loves Elena Sanchez and her excellent skills naturally compliment the Cinematography, for a wonderful dance, especially in some tense scenes of both love and violence.

I want you to see this film and explore its layers. When I viewed it, I knew the review would be challenging, because there are too many good qualities (it covers all the bases, never bores and keeps you wondering). Open is a film you can see as one-film if you like thrillers or maybe you are a fan of films that experiment with structure? The part I give the most credit to is, in my opinion, OPEN is not a “Musical” but “YOU” can choose to take it as a musical. I have a feeling MIles Doleac the director wanted you to decide what the meaning, genre and purpose of his latest “Picture” is.

Paul Booth

Paul Booth

Paul Booth’s love of movies is at the core of who he is. He is a filmmaker, journalist and film historian.

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