Review: As Good As Dead / Cert: 18 / Director: Jonathan Mossek / Screenplay: Erez Mossek, Eve Pomerance / Starring: Andie Mcdowell, Cary Elwes, Brian Cox / Release Date: Out Now
Blamed for the murder of a religious leader, Ethan (Cary Elwes) is held hostage by the followers. He must fight to prove his innocence or risk endangering those closest to him. Difficult choices lie ahead when each person believes what they are doing is right. However, it is the choices made in people’s past that comes back to haunt them.
The film takes its time so the viewer can relate to the characters, how they live and the people they care about. This is appreciated as it makes sympathising with them much easier as events unfold. As the story progresses, the relevance of the themes in the film do strike a subtle chord. Religion, violence and feeling safe in your own home, are themes which can be more frightening than a masked killer wielding a chainsaw. They plague the mind with strange scenarios and how situations can escalate for the worse.
There are some genuinely shocking moments throughout the film, and once all the cards are on the table, the pace of the film gets a welcome nudge. The script allows no time to be wasted, meaning there are no unnecessary shots or throwaway scenes. The acting helps with this a lot, however there is one gripe. Andie Mcdowell’s accent seems to be more cartoon villain than authentic. She has a presence on screen but the film would’ve been served best if she spoke less. The supporting cast does do a good job overall, with the highlight being Brian Cox. The music complements the film nicely, as it adds tension when necessary.
It’s always unpredictable how a film that so easily slips under the radar will fair. However it’s a pleasant surprise when that film proves to be enjoyable. As Good as Dead is a solid thriller which deserves a watch.