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Tragic and perhaps ultimately pointless
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2019
This is a short film about two people, "Miles," who has some sense of responsibility, and "Tyler," who is a drug addict. They cross paths, and an unfortunate evening unfolds. There is some level of intelligence in the screenwriting, and there is some level of tension and fear. But ultimately the film raises too many questions. The synopsis says: "After being stood up on a date, a romantically starved gay man meets an attractive yet enigmatic stranger." But if I hadn't read that, I wouldn't know that Miles was "romantically starved." The actor was limited and he came across was being flat. The drug addict actually showed potential as an actor, as he was able to switch from sweet to sexy to evil and malicious in nanoseconds.
The film probably works well as a cautionary tale about picking up strangers. If Miles had come across as more desperate and needy and lonely at the start, and if Tyler had come across as a bit sexier and seductive, this film would have been more powerful.
But it was hard to have much sympathy for Miles, because he just seemed to go along with whatever Tyler was saying: "Take me here, take me there, give me money, buy my drugs." It wasn't until late in the game that Miles finally starts to realize that Tyler is a troublemaker.
That said, I could believe that this sort of horrible evening might have occurred. So, in this way, the film is realistic. And perhaps the only positive thing that could be said is that Miles makes it out alive.
This film made me glad that I was 1) older, 2) no longer interested in club life, 3) glad I never took drugs, 4) sorry for young people whose connection to each other and reality is essentially tenuous, 4) and not searching for a romantic relationship.
I'm not sure "Miles" would be intelligent enough or receptive enough to hear my message, but I'd tell him to see a therapist, gain some self-respect, and never, under any circumstances, give a stranger a ride "home" -- especially when it becomes clear fairly soon that he doesn't have one.
Disturbing, upsetting, and leaves one with a bad taste in one's mouth. If you think that's a fun way to spend 30 minutes, be my guest. If that's what the filmmaker's objective was, he achieved it.