I’m not going to say that DASH is the greatest thing since sliced bread but it’s a good little film that I’m glad I saw. I should probably apologize to the filmmakers with what may seem like a cavalier attitude but the truth is that’s what it is. It’s a neat little film.
Its also a film that’s kind of hard to really critique. The reason is that the “one take” nature of the film makes the film that you either accept and go with or one that makes you crazy. While I know some people will not like the entire film is shot looking into the car through the front window. There are other people, such as myself, who will be fascinated with watching how it all plays out. Wanting to know how they did it make me lean in and get hooked on everything that was transpiring before me. While there is no doubt that some of it is contrived simply to allow for things to play out as they do and for plotlines to be resolved, I still got invested with the turns. I actually wished I had seen this in a theater where the huge screen would have improved the experience by making it close to sitting on the hood of a car.
While there are some bumps, particularly in that the performances can be uneven, this is still a film that’s worth a look.
Playing this weekend at Cinequest its worth a look.