Call me what you want, but in stories characters and plots should be everything. You can think of a great idea, and draw up some concepts. But if you don’t come up with logical characters and a structured plot, the idea will remain an idea.
Sometimes good characters can even save your movie.
Double Blind isn’t a perfect film. It’s an action thriller that contains little action and the thrilling section is poorly explained. However, it holds effect to some point, and that’s exactly what you need with these kinds of films. It’s unlikely to win awards, but it sparked my interest in seeing what a filmmaker can do next.
I won’t delve too much into the story because it works better if you just discover it by yourself.
After a series of murders seem to have a pattern, an agent along with her partner, sets off to protect the only piece of the puzzle that’s still living. She’s a scientist in a pharmaceutical research company. They decide to leave the city and settle in the home of the agent’s father while they can come up with a solution as to why there’s a killer that’s trying to get rid of every scientist working on the project.
The truth is way more dangerous than they thought of. The powers that be in the pharma business are willing to go places, and this involves killing some scientists.
Let’s be honest. Double Blind is an independent film that could use improvements in the cinematography and script departments. Scenes are well shot but framing is poor. The pacing is too slow, to the point it becomes a risk for the film’s third act and closure.
But putting that aside, that second act with its grounded portrayal of a crisis and family conflicts just stood well with me.
Characters are well written and they’re brutally honest with each other (Jennifer Jarrett’s character is so decisively honest and awkward. I loved her). They do the things they’re supposed to do and react just how they should. The movie doesn’t ever contain them to be superfluous or to follow a certain direction that could serve well for a final resolution. This is proof of trustworthy directing.
Double Blind is a black and white film that’s shot on digital cameras that don’t even work right at some point. It’s a gritty adaptation of an idea that seemed good on paper and one director took the job of doing his best with it.
Sure, the film fails when it shouldn’t and some editing would have worked for a better product. But in the universe of independent cinema, it works better than its peers. And the best thing? It doesn’t have to force itself to be what it’s not.