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Man, this was too funny. Makes me wish heats were in cinema just to hear the crowd wheezing with as much laughter as I was. The two leads gave the simple, fitting-to-the-genre premise a HEAP of power—I pray one of you get a performance nomination. The sly grindhouse aesthetic also gave the straightforward setting a slick and distinctive atmosphere (which is sorely needed in a comp where most films are set in someone’s house).

The only big setback came with the ending, with I felt didn’t capitalise on the fantastic (comedic) tension built up before. It begged for something insane, but delivered something a bit subdued in comparison. (I think the final few seconds also broke the ‘real-time’ rules.)

Nevertheless, I’m aching to watch this one again.

Comically genius film where a casual pizza delivery driver encounters a strangely immobilized customer and hilarity ensues. The tone was fantastic and the editing was the best I have seen so far in the Auckland heats, no small feat, with each and every shot held for the perfect amount of frames to deadpan deliver the pizza humour.

Both actors gave absolutely outstanding performances. Our driver presented the happy go lucky casually employed weekend worker incredibly well with an infectious smile and gutbusting focus on his job. Your bedridden actor was equally as impressive, doing an amazing job at selling agony, fear and hope through facial expressions alone.

The aesthetic was sublime, with the buildup to the customer reveal intriguing as the dark night and fog paid homage to TAXI DRIVER before a 42nd street version of MISERY took over.

Script of course was the highlight with joke after joke giving me belly laughs. Impressive considering it was played straight and it was the delivery through nuance and performances that made the laughs ensue.

I liked the ending. I felt that the team were going for a slice of life and that part of the excitement was leaving us with open ended questions. Whilst it was incredibly strange in feeling at times, I feel like a large part of this was by how it made us feel through sound and music choices, and one final missed opportunity to cry out just felt right.

Story: 4.5/5
Technical: 4.5/5
Elements: 4/5
Overall: 4.5/

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