Welcome witches and warlocks,
Today I will be reviewing the horror/thriller GET MY GUN by writer/director Brian Darwas. To best describe the story, I will turn to the IMDB plot summary:
“After an innocent prank leaves Amanda pregnant and out of a job, she finds herself on the verge of motherhood and the target of a psychotic stalker who will stop at nothing to get her hands on the unborn child.”
I liked this feature right away based solely upon the strength of the opening. The cinematography had an old school vibe, the mystery around what was happening was intriguing, and there was a dark sense of humor immediately present. They smartly dropped us into this film with no context making me instantly curious as to how things had gotten to where they were at our point of entry.
As we moved back in time to see where things went wrong, we were guided through the feature by two of the better female leads I have seen in awhile. I liked that both women had such distinct personalities and a great bond with one another. There was a natural feel to their friendship that made it easy to accept as being real. Better yet, they never took it to a sexual place between these two, but instead just focused on their relationship with one another in a purely platonic fashion. Honestly, these two would have been just as fascinating to watch even without the overarching story at play.
It was a nice touch seeing how the seemingly mundane existence of these two women was greatly impacted by one simple joke. Using such a small means to set off the entire plot kept things nicely in step with the seemingly realistic existence of our leads. As the story advanced from there, I began to think that it was possible the one event would tie into the stalker story, but I was happy to find out the two were in no way connected. This also worked in the plot’s favor as some movies would seek to tie things up with a neat bow, but this picture was showing off how things in life just happen.
As much as I praise the realism at play in this feature, I will admit that there were a few things that were just unbelievable. One of the major ones is how some of the characters kept surviving things that should have spelled their doom. In some instances this made me happy, as I liked the characters, but it was also problematic from a logical standpoint. Given how good the rest of this film is this should not deter viewers, but understand that the ending is more fantastical than the beginning.
Speaking of the ending, that final shot was sheer magic. I really do not want to say too much for fear of giving anything away, but I have to make mention of the conclusion as it was incredible. With not so much as a word spoken, the finale perfectly captures exactly what the audience is hoping for from the cold opening.
All in all, the relationships at play in this piece are just as, if not more, entertaining than the main plot. While there were a few moments near the ending that seemed unbelievable, the final shot is well worth seeing. Fans of revenge movies like Kill Bill (2003) or independent films that puts girls at the center like Ghost World (2001) would do well to give this a look.
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One thought on “Brooklyn Horror Film Festival Review: GET MY GUN (2017)”
I like it overall, but it didn’t really make sense. How does the friend get murdered, have her dead body driven over by a car, and then she shows up just fine in the last act? And how does someone get shot by a shotgun blast point blank, and then get up with no blood or injuries?
And what’s the deal with the doctor who is not a doctor, and why would she leave her office number if she knows she’ll be found out??
And how does the doctor know everything about her intended victim including where she buys her food??
Just writing all of this on my phone makes me realize the movie is mediocre at best.