Friendships are a tricky thing. There is a balance one must strike with a friend: They can be there for support or they can be the ones getting you into issues and problems you didn’t ask for– like I said, they can be a tricky thing. I love genre movies where friendships are tested, where one event or incident will change the chemistry of the friendship and expose all the skeletons in the closet. Body is that type of movie, and it was awesome.
Body tells the story of 3 best friends, Holly (Helen Rodgers), Cali (Alexandra Turshen) and Mel (Lauren Molina), who are hanging out during the holidays. As their night is winding down, Cali suggests to go hang out at her uncle’s mansion since they’re away on vacation. Unbeknownst to Holly and Mel, this house does not belong to Cali’s uncle, and by the time they figure that one out, the home’s groundskeeper, Arthur (Larry Fessenden), barges in on them and the shit hits the proverbial fan.
I really enjoyed this film. It wasn’t an overly complicated story. The movie depended on the performances of its actors and the whole cast pulled that shit off– they were all awesome. The chemistry between the three friends in the movie was exceptional and felt natural. You definitely believe these girls have been friends for a long time, so kudos to Rodgers, Turshen and Molina for acting their asses off. If the chemistry between these women was off, the whole movie would’ve been bunk, and it wouldn’t have produced the tension it did– especially in the third act of the movie. Horror movie OG Larry Fessenden also does an awesome job as the groundskeeper. I won’t go into it too much, but the dude was on point.
There isn’t a great deal of blood and gore in this movie, but what we do get is appropriate for the situation the characters find themselves in. First time feature writers and directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen do a great job of keeping the story tight. With a run-time of 75 minutes, this film falls on the short side of the spectrum, but like the violence in the movie, the length is also appropriate and just right. The filmmakers were able to take this intense but plausible scenario and squeeze every last drop out of it, without getting ridiculous.
There are only a couple of negative points I can really think of. Holly’s boyfriend, Ben (Adam Cornelius), who really was a non-issue throughout the whole movie, suddenly pops up in the third act for a matter of minutes, and stinks up the joint. I guess they wanted to try and add another layer to the plot but weren’t able to execute it correctly. Luckily, this dude is only there for a couple of minutes and doesn’t manage to deflate the tension. There was also a scene with a bearded old man and a broken down car that I’m assuming was there to build character development, but was just kind of blasé in the grand scheme of things.
Body was impressive. It was extremely successful at building up tension and keeping you there until the very end. The characters were solid and the actors portraying them were great. The story was grounded and it was easy to put yourself in the shoes of these the women– and boy, let me tell you, you definitely don’t want to be in their shoes. //Arturo Padilla