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Flytrap

USA 2015
produced by
David R. Hardberger, Brittany Mayti, Tamara Sayiner, Patricia Lahner, Andrew Woolf (executive), David Bieber (executive) for My Man Productions
directed by Stephen David Brooks
starring Jeremy Crutchley, Ina-Alice Kopp, Billy 'Sly' Williams, Jonah Blechman, Jason Duplissea, Jonathan Erickson Eisley, Samantha Hale, Gabrielle Stone
written by Stephen David Brooks, music by Simon Boswell, The Tearaways

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Jimmy (Jeremy Crutchley), an English astronomer with mental problems, is on his way to his new job in sunny LA when his car breaks down somewhere in San Fernando Valley, and he has to realize he's got no cellphone signal. Fortunately, the woman in front of whose house he got stranded, Mary Ann (Ina-Alice Kopp), is happy to let him into her house to let him call a mechanic, but not before he has had some wine and has had sex with her ... and then Jimmy finds out Mary Ann's phone isn't even connected. But that's not the only weird thing about Mary Ann, she also looks and acts very other-worldly, her accent's a bit off, and her concept of the world is only vague. Plus, she urges Jimmy to have sex with her again and again, but he soon gets fed up by this and tries to leave ... when he meets Gilligan (Jonah Blechman), who stuns him and when Jimmy comes to, he finds a collar around his neck that will give him an electrical shock everytime he tries to leave the building, plus Gilligan has a remote control for the thing. Now even though he knows he's trapped in the house for the time being, Jimmy has less and less of an idea what's actually going on and who these people are even, and Mary Ann isn't much help when it comes to trying to figure this out - and yet Jimmy sees her as his only chance to leave the place, as she seems to be sympathetic towards him, and he also gradually falls for her ...

 

No matter what impression my synopsis has left you with, it's probably the wrong one, as Flytrap is an utterly unusual film, blending a hostage situation with rather ridiculous science fiction motives (that are never fully explained and might just be fragments of the lead's imagination though) and peppering the whole thing with lots of dark humour - but of the very subtle variety, despite some deliberately blunt punchlines, this is not a laugh-out-loud funny movie. Instead it's directed more in style of a paranoia thriller, shot in rather dark tones with only Ina-Alice Kopp's unfittingly colourful dresses (that totally fit her character) breaking the movie's colour code. And add to that a narrative structure that keeps you guessing until the end, and a very solid ensemble cast, and you've got yourself a very unusual but highly enjoyable movie!

 

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