Directed By: Michael Henry
Written By: Michael Henry
Produced By: Ryan Hodgson, Melissa Kelly, Michael Robinson
Cast: Sophie Lowe, Kestie Morassi, Ashley Zukerman, Damian de Montemas, Simon Stone, Mark Leonard Winter
MPAA Rating: NR
Runtime: 89 minutes
Release Date: July 25, 2010 (Australia)
Review Date: October 27, 2010
When something unexpected happens, we’re always searching for who to blame, while at the same time, pushing the blame away from us. The thriller Blame, from first-time writer/director Michael Henry, is superb and near perfection as it follows a group of twenty-somethings dealing with a close friend’s suicide. The opening scenes are intense and leave you full of curiosity, which makes you more engaged in the film than you expected. From then on, the film continues to deliver thriller sequences dressed up in intense drama, so even if you’re not a thriller fan, you’ll still greatly enjoy the film.
When Cate’s (Kestie Morassi) older sister Alice kills herself, everyone thinks it’s because of her former relationship with her music teacher, Bernard (Damian de Montemas). Cate, her boyfriend John (Mark Leonard Winter), Alice’s former boyfriend Nick (Simon Stone), Alice’s best friend Natalie (Sophie Lowe) and Natalie’s boyfriend Anthony (Ashley Zukerman) stage an attack on Bernard for revenge, ambushing him at his home and leaving him for dead.
As the tagline says, when committing murder, you can’t make any mistakes. Alas, our young hoodlums have made a slip-up one could only make in the 21st century. And it is only when the twenty-somethings return to Bernard’s home that things really start to heat up and take shape. You learn, as all young people do during most intense situations, nothing is as it seems and secret after secret starts surfacing. Henry’s screenplay crafts these revelations superbly, and the score by Tamil Rogeon beautifully accompanies the story.
The character of Anthony is pivotal throughout the film. Some of you may recognize Zukerman from his brief stint on the HBO miniseries The Pacific from earlier this year. You see him struggle with death and embarrassment, cave to peer pressure, and enter a jealous rage. During his screen time, you will become entranced by this young actor and constantly want more of him on screen to see what he’ll do next.
Henry shows us that when creating a perfect movie, you can’t make any mistakes, and he sure lives up to this sentiment. If this is any indication of Henry’s upcoming endeavors, we will eagerly bounce up and down on our seats with anticipation.
Hanna Soltys is a green tea drinker and film critic living in Chicago.