Directed by: Maximillian Aguiar
Written by: Maximillian Aguiar
Genre: Mystery / Comedy
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The Doors Between Us
I hate having to write pieces such as this one. It takes a lot of work to finish a film, and heart and soul and even a bit of money every now and then. Usually. This particular extended moving picture was a real test to my resolve because quite frankly, it doesn't feel like much effort was put in at all but making matters even worse? It probably could have been so much better.
An old adage states that when regarding film if it's already been done don't do it again. The Doors Between Us essentially repeats itself over and over again. Same, same, same for around 2 hours. Had everything that was repeated and didn't move the plot forward been left on the cutting room floor, this title would probably be around 35 or 40 minutes long. The rest is repeated filler with a massively unlikable cast of characters. Yet even the unlikable characters would have been fine, if not for the ridiculous amount of overacting that goes on.
Here's the scenario. 4 pairs of 2 strangers locked in rooms. Each pair locked inside is an opposite of their roommate. The basic idea seems interesting and promising enough. A study of people, interactivity and tolerance. It's the execution, length and overacting that kills this piece. The length being the biggest hurdle because you have to deal with every other aspect for so long. Had the characters been done differently, even if they were more likable... naw, still not enough to justify the length or writing. Which makes me wonder if anyone actually wrote a script? For the most part, these folks just seem to be winging it, and that would explain the excessive repetitive nature of this title. But for the love of God, why wasn't most of this stuff cut out?
Lacking any real character development, a well meaning but shoddy ending and full of ridiculous dialog, it's hard to find anything likable about this title. Unless you love lines like, "Your eyes are stupid." or, "I've had queefs more dangerous than you." I've written of low budget indie films plenty of times in the past, and this is one of the harder ones I've had to push through. Although things do improve sometime near the end of the second act, it's just not enough. A casual viewer will never make it that far. Take away info? Don't repeat the same things over and over again. Even if said slightly different. Don't make a 2 hour film for the sake of having a 2 hour film. Winging dialog should be left for improv stage shows, not movies - unless you have a super amazing cast. Actually, plan your production and finally, what's up with the black and white?