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Killing Me

By AP KRYZA
[ONE NIGHT ONLY, DIRECTOR ATTENDING] The quest for infamy at any cost has been explored endlessly in modern film—highlighted by Gus Van Sant's masterful satire To Die For—but local filmmaker Henry Weintraub has managed a wholly unique creation in the form of Aaron (Patrick O'Driscoll). He’s a sociopath who, having failed at acting, writing and other fame-seeking endeavors, has decided the best route to immortalization is through mass murder. Trouble is, Aaron can't bring himself to harm anyone. The character spends the film’s entertaining first half studying up on serial killers for inspiration, going as far as seeking advice, a la Son of Sam, from dogs. O'Driscoll instills his character with a mix of docile sweetness and simmering violence, which makes for an engaging monster, but when Aaron seeks the tutelage of a particularly sadistic serial killer, the film spins off the rails and into a thrill-kill voyage that wants to have its giggles and decapitate them too. As far as black comedy goes, there are moments of inspiration, but in losing control of its narrative in favor of increasingly unsettling (and sadly overacted) violence, it becomes increasingly difficult to sympathize. The concept is golden. The execution (pun intended) makes for a very confusing, if often wry, commentary on the desire for relevance in an increasingly anonymous society.
 

Special Note

NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Thursday, July 18
 
  • Genres: Comedy drama
  • Running Time: 73 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Critic's Score: C+
  • Starring: Patrick O'Driscoll [], Joe Von Appen [], Sonya Davis [], Jennifer Brian []
  • Directed by: Henry Weintraub [Director], Jarod Rhoades [Screenwriter], Matt Depew [Executive Producer], Mike Schaaf [Executive Producer], Mark Gall [Executive Producer], Leif Fuller [Producer], Patrick O'Driscoll [Producer], Henry Weintraub [Producer], Zac Sawyer [Original Music], Leif Fuller [Cinematographer], Henry Weintraub [Film Editor]
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