by Erik Sean McGiven on Nov 19, 2010
George tries to make amends with his brother, a recluse and
it results in a bloody tragedy.
in the morning and the annoying buzzing of an alarm clock sets in motion this
story of a recluse who just wants to be left alone. The alarm is shut off with a slap and behind
the clock is a photo of a happy couple.
It's key to the telling of this story for it brings up the question, who
A bearded shaggy Joseph D. Reitman plays Marcus, the recluse
who is dealing with the demons of betrayal.
Everyday he gets up at the same time, eats, exercises, and checks his
computer yet he never leaves the house.
He's despondent, depressed and alone with so much anger he's a bomb
waiting to explode.
Along comes his brother George, played by Rick Dawson with
his girl friend Anali (Sarah Agor) and buddy John (Bo Barrett) tagging
along. As they drive up to the house,
George is reluctant to take the next step.
We learn he's in AA's twelve-step program and he's now on step nine,
which is seeking forgiveness. We also
learn he's been on drugs.
Marcus goes to the door and though the peephole sees the
three waiting outside. During the
closed-door exchange we learn it's been four years since they've spoken. We also learn that Anali and Marcus were once
lovers before she left him for George.
Marcus calls her a two-timing whore, then tells them to leave.
When the alarm rings next morning, Marcus comes into the
living room and finds them sitting on his couch. George and Anali are holding hands. A big argument ensues with Marcus leaving and
locking himself in his bedroom. Anali
raps on his door and apologizes for her indiscretions. When the door opens Anali is stunned and
backs away as Marcus comes out pointing a gun at her. The story takes a shocking turn, grows
darker and results in a bloody mess.
"Anti People" is an intervention that goes bad, a
feeble attempt to work things out and seek a quick fix to a nagging problem.
Namely guilt. It's a tragic lesson
showing that when it comes to forgiveness and redemption talk is not enough,
especially when unstable minds are involved.
The story works in that the characters enter on a collision
course. Marcus and his anger are a
ticking time bomb waiting to go off. His
own brother and girlfriend have betrayed him, and he wants revenge. George and Anali seek Marcus's forgiveness,
and it's done not with compassion but with selfish intent of making themselves
feel better. The actors play these
opposing dynamics with professional skill and take us through the maze of a
well-laid out script. The direction,
using mainly close shots, centers on the inner struggles of the characters and
helps create that 'what's going to happen next' tension.
Production credits are remarkably solid and the music is
worthy of studio features. While the
sound is first rate the first gunshot is so muffled it is likely mistaken for
With its fatal and mournful events in its main theme
"Anti People" falls into the genre of tragedy. It has those crucial moments that make one
second guess the paths of these characters and causes one to warn, "Don't
go in there." Unfortunately, they
don't listen. Yet it makes for an
intriguing film that keeps one totally engaged.
CREDITS: "Anti People"
stars Joseph D. Reitman, Sarah Agor, Rick Dawson, and Bo Barrett. Cinematographer: John Frost; Editor: Courtney
Marchilliat; Sound Mixer: Jason Anderson; Costume Designer: Layne McGovern;
Makeup Artist: Yessenia Inzunza; Original Music: Mac Qualye; Associate
Producer: Bill Parks; Executive Producer: Rick Dawson; Assistant Director: Ally
Zonsius; Written by Rick Dawson; Directed by Darin Mangan; A NitroBritz
Production in Association with 1120 Films.
Running Time: 10:37