The Axe (2011)

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Drama, Urban Drama

3.9 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Mojokc
Added: May 23, 2011
Browsing through the movie submissions on this site, I happened across this movie and figured that I would give the site a look see and, if interested, watch said film. Little did I realize until visiting the page that it was the entire movie. Perhaps I should have read the description a little better, but those are the breaks. In any case, I wound up watching the entire ten minute short not once but twice, and trust me, it was not because I enjoyed it, I was just that damn confused by it.

We have here the story of a teenager who after a fairly rough day commits suicide. The film is told through the eyes of various friends involved throughout the day and our late teen himself. The kick in the ass is the way the film is shot: reverse chronological order. Now there have been films in the past that do the whole reverse chronological order and have pulled it off with perfection (ie, Pulp Fiction). Normally I don't need things spelled out for me in a film - a hint or two dropped here and there will suffice and I can fill in the blanks. With The Axe, however, you're given very little to work with and expected to figure out the whole jumbled mess yourself.

Other than our main character Josh, you're left to figure out who's who and why they are there in the first place. At one point we see that him and his girlfriend have broken up, hence one reason he is suicidal, but you're never given a reason for the break up. We are also given a short scene where he walks in on a supposedly sleeping grandmother who he went to check on, but again, the audience is left to wonder why he had to check in on her in the first place or what was wrong with her that causes him to snap. Overall, it's just a jumbled confusing mess that leaves you scratching your head and wondering what the hell you just watched.

I really have nothing left to say about this other than a blank stare and confused expression whenever I think about this film. I understand what happened, I see how things have led up to our teens unfortunate choice of ending his own life, but it still feels hollow and confusing. Perhaps a bit more narrative and direction would have been better suited for this entry. 4/10 from me.
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