Thursday, January 17, 2013
Gut is another addition to the increasingly small sub-genre of snuff films exploration. My sentiment of them is that I've only seen three ways to execute such, by becoming obsessed, by being a participant, or in the rare cases being the person to pull the trigger, so to speak. In that filmmakers that choose this type of film have a narrow space for originality. As is the issue with Gut, as it's a worthy addition to the collection but is nothing exceptional. The plot is thin, the story involving around the film engulfing the two friends lives. Not that Gut doesn't attempt to be thoughtful, cause in it's way it does. It's intent is to show the destruction of the family life and the ever distant friendship between Tom and Dan being held together by lies and seedy interests. But intent is only intent with this as it never fully develops on screen. Voyeurism and other topics are at play but come naturally with the films subject matter.
Tom's asocial attitude and Dan's overtly bro love for his friend makes it hard to like the characters. All you want is for Tom to lighten up and for Dan to take it down a notch and find a life. This fault is in both acting and writing as they escalate the horrible traits of the characters to the very end. Maybe all done intentionally but the only moment we see of the two's past shows an absolute no change in either character. Even as twelve year old Dan imposes his interest on Tom in attempt for friendship and Tom remains completely cold and uninterested. It's hard to like desperate and antisocial. If to salvage anything though I do think that when Jason Vail (Tom) is with Sarah Schoofs they're marriage is believable, and the small moments within the film that allow for realistic emotional responses are well played and convincing. There isn't an phenomenal display of cinematography but Gut does have a few good shots. And it's overall well made and has a professional look to it.