Caitlin Stasey couldn't return to shooting due to landing a gig on the CW show Reign, so director Dylan K. Narang had to come up with something to fill out the rest of his movie.
That something ended up being the parallel storyline of a father struggling to make ends meet for the benefit of his daughter, and knowing why it's a part of the film makes the fact that it doesn't work as well as everything else does, forgivable.
Especially since the good stuff in this movie is really good.
IMDB, although we never hear her name in the movie), bound and gagged on the floor of a filthy motel room. We know nothing about her aside from the fact that she looks really good in her undies, and that she's probably in a lot of trouble, given the corpses of other scantily-clad women that are strewn around the room.
|IT'S NOT REALLY A SPOILER TO SAY THAT THIS IS WHERE ANDREW'S PATH LEADS HIM.|
|HOW CUTE. SHE'S TRYING TO ESCAPE.|
On one hand, it's a bloody, disturbing, an intense flick about a girl trying too avoid being carved up by a masked maniac. Being that most of the action involving her storyline takes place in one single room, it's most definitely an exercise in intensity and claustrophobia. The piles of dead bodies that decorated the room made things an extra sort of twisted.
On the other, some of the pacing was off; some scenes lingered far more than they should have, mostly when it came to the 2nd storyline about the guy trying to become a low-level gangster. The intersecting of that storyline with the primary one set in the motel room felt forced... which it was, by necessity, according to the director. As mentioned above, there was a stoppage in production which forced him to invent that secondary storyline just so that he could complete the movie.
It may be lackluster, and it definitely feels out of place, but it enabled the good stuff of the main storyline to be able to be seen, so it served its purpose. And the stuff that makes up the main storyline is an impressive bit of work.
With Evidence, All Cheerleaders Die, I, Frankenstein, Fear Inc., and now All I Need, Caitlin Stasey has quietly been turning into a Genre staple over the past few years. The crazy thing about that is that she's a really good actress. She doesn't speak much in this movie, but she conveys a wide range of emotions just by the looks on her face and the nuance of her actions, which is what the best actors are always able to do. Also, she's ridiculously hot. With her role in Reign, she may be leaving this kind of Genre work behind, but we hope not, because she's an amazing talent, and our Genre needs her!
|THAT LOOK SAYS IT ALL.|
|MAYBE IT WAS A PORN MOVIE THAT WENT HORRIBLY WRONG?|
|IT'S REALLY HARD TO OGLE A DEAD GIRL'S ASS AND NOT FEEL WRONG ABOUT IT...|
|PRETTY SURE THAT GLORIA GAYNOR WROTE "I WILL SURVIVE" ABOUT THIS GIRL.|
It's definitely worth checking out.
All I Need is playing now on iTunes.
Caitlin Stasey may be the heroine of this movie, but girls like Rachel Melvin and Sorel Carradine helped her out where they could.
Fun fact: Sorel Carradine is Keith Carradine's daughter, BTW, so she's kind of Hollywood royalty.