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Hacked

USA 2020
produced by
Matthew Festle, Matt Leal, Alexys Paonessa, John Festle, Jackson Turner for 3 Keys Media, Flick Fanatics
directed by Matt Leal, Matthew Festle
starring Matthew Festle, Jackson Turner, Shawn C. Phillips, Alan Maxson, Thom Michael Mulligan, Lew Temple, Nick Beisel, Robby Quinn, Bobby Foringer, Mikah Sunderman, Ellen Woomer, Kyle Conroy, Chelsea Newman, Seth Yerington
written by John Festle, Matthew Festle, music by LF Matte, makeup and special effects by Alexys Paonessa

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Michael (Matthew Festle) and Darren (Jackson Turner) run a fairly successful true crime podcast - but lately their viewership has dropped, much to the dismay of their bosses Alex (Alan Maxson) and Roger (Lew Temple). And it's plain to see why even, as Michael is more and more dropping the ball, as on the show he comes across as more and more unhinged, describing ghastly murders in graphic details, and he won't even let Darren calm him down. This goes so far that Alex speaks to Darren, threatening the show or at least provide Darren with a different co-host, Martin (Shawn C. Phillips). But Michael promises to redeem himself with an interview with a renowned crime specialist (Thom Michael Mulligan) - but that runs afowl when the guy doesn't show up and upon inquiry claims he has never set an actual date with Michael but was hassled by him over the phone. But Michael doesn't only act weirder and weirder on a professional level but also in his private life, which among other things leads to a serious case of self-harming. Eventually, things get so bad that even Darren, who has so far had his back, wants him off the show. Thing is, Michael won't give up his spot on the show so easily, and he's gone far enough to be a threat to others ...

 

Most certainly one of the best movies of an era where remote-filmmaking (along with Zoom conferences) became the pandemic-induced standard of shooting for a while. And where this movie succeeds is that it builds its story around the concept, gives its protagonists the perfect, narratively motivated reason to sit in front of their webcams. And the story built around this sure features plenty of tension to keep one at the edge of one's seat, and some suitably disturbing imagery to provide some visual delight between all the Zoom calls as well. And a solid cast keep moving this one at a steady pace, making this a fine watch for sure.

 

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