Sometimes it truly takes something devastating to happen for the true identities of loved ones to reveal themselves. All over the news you hear stories of sadistic murders and the comments from the neighbors are always the same “I’m surprised he/she would do something like that”. It’s just something we all have to live with, the factor of never knowing. Then something happens and in moments like these your best friends can become your worst enemies, or even more you may become someone that you despise the most. You may become a killer. In Dan Berk and Robert Olsen’s BODY we find three young ladies enjoying their holiday break and unfortunately for them boredom leads to death. After accidentally killing a man the girls must now ponder doing the right thing that could destroy their lives and families or trying to keep it and secret and try not to destroy each other.
BODY does the great thing of teaching us all a moral we know but loosely follow. One lie leads to another and another and so on. In any flock of women there are usually types and BODY nails it right on the head. You have Holly, the shy more reserved friend, Mel the cool and laid back chick with a ton of family issues and of course Cali the hot trouble maker. Are these three deviant little souls hell bent on destruction and chaos? No they are just your typical young women trying to enjoy a girls night out when something goes tragically wrong. What would you do comes to mind in a scenario such as this and the execution of the the roles of the three ladies in the film is key to pulling this all off. Not only do they succeed but they create enough of a dynamic to really put you on the side of each of the heinous decisions these girls make. BODY is a beautiful trainwreck filled with deceit and uncertainty. Once things get going it will truly pull you in as you see no clear answer on how these girls can dig themselves out of the hole the created. Alexandra Turshen as Cali exemplifies the bad bitch attitude that will make you think “damn has she done this before?” While all three women did a phenomenal job her performances stands out as it should.
BODY is a film that will not only do well at the screening of SLAMDANCE it should flourish after it releases. We live in a reality age where every thought, action and event we as humans do are being played out in front of our eyes. BODY will make you think twice about the next time you leave your house for the holidays!
3.5 / 5
BODY is directed by Dan Berk & Robert Olsen it stars Helen Rogers, Alexandra Turshen, Lauren Molina and Larry Fessenden. It premiers at this years SLAMDANCE 15′ on Sunday, January 25th @ 10:30 PM MT.