Thursday 16 May 2013

Review: Armynel (2012)

For Savannah (Mariel Gomsrud), a personal assistant at a law office struggling with a dark secret, bad dreams soon become nightmares and then progress to hallucinations. Finally, she can't take it anymore and decides to tell her girlfriend Felicia (Danielle DiLorenzo ). Felicia tries to help by introducing her to psychiatrist Doctor Dale (Neal Polister). As she begins her hypnosis therapy sessions and her dark secrets come to light, tragedies begin happening around Savannah and all the signs point to her being the suspect. Armynel is written by Phil Aslaksen and Markus Innocenti and it is directed by Lance Dumais. The acting is good. It´s professionally shot and edited, some of the visuals are really beautiful and there some nice imagery on screen (won´t do into details due to spoilers). The pace is good, there are a couple of scenes that are very effective and atmospheric. The soundtrack is good. There is only very brief gore, blink and you´ll most probably miss it, in Armynel but the kills are wellstaged and effective. There´s brief topless nudity, courtesy of Mariel Gomsrud.
This title will be released on July 16, 2013 by Midnight Releasing.
This review is based upon a passwordprotected online screener provided by Midnight Releasing.
Rating: 6½ out of 7. Armynel is so close to get a top rating from me, it´s well made, it´s suspenseful and offers a few surprises. I just wish that it had been a little bit more graphic (yes that´s the gorehound in me speaking). The plot and imagery are reminiscent of larger and more lavish thrillers directed by Brian De Palma and Paul Verhoeven. Recommended and if you´re into thrillers make sure to check this one out


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