June 12, 2003

Deterrence

Last night, i watched a very interesting movie called Deterrence which I think I'd heard about watching the commentary track of some other good movie, mentioned in the same breath as Reservoir Dogs. Not only is it very relevant to current events (Iraqi aggression, weapons of mass destruction, etc) and fairly well written, one aspect really makes the movie for me: it is set entirely in a single location, a diner.

Using a single location poses a distinct challenge to everyone involved in the movie as you can no longer use what the audience sees to help tell the story, a fundamental tenent pounded into you if you read any book on writing screenplays. Sure, things happen in other locations, but the writer and director and the actors must make you believe that the rest of the world which you cannot see is real, and just as real as the world that you can.

One result is that it makes the movie unique to each person as each viewer is free to picture what's outside the diner any way they like. It's almost like a book or a radio play in that regard. The movie just wouldn't be the same if we saw everything.

My hats off to the writer/director, Rod Lurie, for a movie that definately deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as Dogs.

Posted by pinkerton at June 12, 2003 10:23 AM