Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Raindance 2012: Confine

Several years ago former super model Pippa was injured in a terrible accident, since this day she has spent her life cooped up at home. On top of her need to be isolated she has developed an obsessive compulsive disorder, every lock must be opened and locked several times before she can secure it, every magazine or box stacked tidily. Pressures are growing in this relative solitude however, money troubles are pushing down on Pippa's shoulders, so the last thing she needs is to be held hostage in her own home!

Confine is a fairly tense low budget thriller from writer/director Tobias Tobbell, who uses one very simple location (Pippa's flat) for the entire movie. The casting is equally as claustrophobic with just three cast members for more or less the entirety of the movie, Daisy Lowe, Alfie Allen and Eliza Bennett. For the most part Tobbell pulls off a confident, twisting thriller, that will at points literally have you on the edge of your seat.

The big problem with Confine is the acting, and the choreography of the action scenes. Sadly the acting for 99% of the cast starts at average and goes downwards from there. This is not acting from one cast member, but from all, which would ultimately lead you to believe that Tobbell may not have challenged his cast, or encouraged them to be the best they could be. Possibly accepting the fact that they were named actors appearing in his movie, and that was enough. It's sad because all the performers you know are capable of so much more. And sadly it's this fact that will prevent Tobbell's vision from getting seen by as big an audience as it could, maybe this will turn out to be an important life lesson for the director.

Moving on from the negatives and on to the story, Tobbell does deliver a first rate job here, the story does of course have moments of predictability, however it has some aspects you do not see coming. The small twists start fairly early on in the movie, and at points it does trick you into thinking the big finale may be more impressive than it actually transpires to be. There are some great edge of the seat moments, as the kidnapped Pippa (Daisy Lowe) starts to go from weakling recluse to master of the game. Then into the mix something strange comes appears at an air vent and you realise there is another unexpected dimension on its way.

Confine is without a doubt one of those movies that will get those fortunate enough to see it talking. Sadly those same people will undoubtably also focus on the movies flaws. Rome was not built in a day as the saying goes, and Tobbell definitely gets 50% of the movie incredibly right, but its the inability to handle his cast that will stop this from hitting cinemas, and instead heading swiftly to DVD. 

The future for Confine and how it will be seen across the globe has yet to be decided!

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