Gwen/ Flamingo (Katharine Isabelle) finds herself
roadside diner with no memory where or how she got there. She finds a gun and
some jawbreakers in her
backpack. Soon she finds herself on the
run from the police and criminals as she tries to make sense of what is going
on as she gets glimpses of what happened before and hallucinates as reality
blends with fiction. 88 is a film of two
timelines- the present state and the fugue state. She is Gwen in the present
state where she is
scared and in the fugue state she is the dangerous Flamingo on a revenge fueled
quest as she seeks those responsible for her lover’s death. She
gets help along the way from the crazy
Ty (who wants revenge for what one of the criminals, Cyrus (Christopher Lloyd),
did to his trashy druggie sister Dakota).
Gwen and Ty work together in a plot to kill Cyrus while a police
detective (Michael Ironside) is on their trail.
88 is the best screwed up revenge film since
MEMENTO. Katharine Isabelle is fantastic as Gwen
whether she is in the present timeline or in the fugue state (that is a result
of a life trauma which results in amnesia, a different personality, and
hallucinations). The editing and
switching between the two timelines helps fuel the pacing of 88 which is the
fourth film from director April Mullen who has crafted this crazy revenge
film. Tim Dorian wrote the script (and
he also plays Ty) which could have also worked as a movie edited in chronological
order. 88 has resulted in another
wonderful choice for actress Katharine Isabelle who has also been in a couple
of other movies I loved (GINGER SNAPS and AMERICAN MARY)
and another movie where she was one of the few good thing sin it (the uneven SEE
NO EVIL 2).
BEHIND-THE-SCENES featurette which is an extensive
making-of that has behind-the-scenes footage, clips from the movie, and
interviews with director April Mullen (who also has a cameo in the movie),
screenwriter Tim Doiron, and the cast.
April explains the timeline of the movie and why they shot (and edited
it that way) as she even remarks the movie would still work without the rewind
jump cuts to catch people up on the timeline of the fugue state. Katharine
Isabelle said this shoot was one
of the most enjoyable while Michael Ironside likes the way the director
collaborates on a scene.
The MAKING OF featurette is a 2 ½ minute cutdown
version of the longer behind-the-scenes featurette.
Also included among the extras is the trailer
for 88 and
previews for other releases including AUTOMATA and GOOD PEOPLE.
FINAL ANALYSIS: 88 makes me wonder why Katharine
isn’t a bigger star as she steals the show with her solid turn as Gwen (no
matter what state Gwen is in). April
Mullen delivers the best screwed up revenge film since MEMENTO. I want to check
out her other films and I
hope she makes other movies as entertaining as 88.
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David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments
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