33 films as high priority, set out to see 25 and ended up seeing 17. In order to give a fair amount of coverage to all 17 films viewed, I've decided to break the festival down by day(s) including short reviews for each film. Below you'll find my coverage for the third day of AFI FEST 2013.
directed by Mike Brune
directed by Ritesh Batra
About the food, "The Lunchbox" hammers home a real passion for food, how good food can affect our lives. Food and the quality of it, has a rejuvenating aspect and this film displays that in beautiful fashion. Not just in the food on display, but more importantly through its main characters. I'll be damned if you don't walk out of this film and want to eat Indian cuisine immediately or at the very least, eat your own personal comfort food.
Like a great restaurant or meal, "The Lunchbox" is the type of film you'll want to share with others. Like a great story or conversation, it is the type of movie that you will want watch again and again. It is a film about friendship. It is a film about rejuvenation. It is a film about finding pride in our own lives. It is a film about fulfillment. Most of all, it is a film that leaves the audience perfectly satisfied.
WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE
directed by Simon Hawkins and Zeke Hawkins
Mark Pellegrino portrays the kind of intimidating thug you'd want to steer clear of as Giff. Pellegrino furthermore controls each of his scenes with frightening accuracy. Mackenzie Davis as Sue is the driving force of the three teens on screen but also the inspiration of hope for their escape. There is a raw energy to Davis' performance as Sue that could easily leave audiences swooning over her, just as B.J. and Bobby do throughout the film.
"We Gotta Get Out of This Place" is a no frills cliffhanger that throws the audience into the position of the main characters allowing them to sweat out the uncertainty of their situations. There's a unstable build that keeps the audience fluctuating between panic and preparation culminating in a provocative payoff. This is a film for fans of crime dramas. This is also a film for audiences that need to see a well-executed thriller that doesn't necessarily have any big stars or names, but instead just a polished tale with genuine characters and tangible settings. It is a must see.
Stay tuned for more breakdown of each day at AFI FEST 2013. Check out more coverage from Day One and Day Two.