Monday, November 24, 2008
DVD OF THE WEEK: MUTE WITNESS
Written, directed and produced by Anthony Waller, Mute Witness is the story of three Americans shooting a low-budget slasher film in Russia and find themselves in a dangerous situation. Billy (Marina Zudina), the makeup/special effects artist is accidentally locked in the studio at night and stumbles across the making of a snuff film. A night of terror begins as Billy is pursued by the killers, hunted by the police, KGB and an organized crime kingpin.
Although the film suffers from a bad supporting cast and a poor script, it still packs a punch. The second half of the film severely stumbles but is saved by the talented Marina Zudina, all without uttering a single word. Despite the flaws, Mute Witness still works due to the intense chase and sustained terror. It's a roller coaster ride you won't soon forget.
Trivia: Originally set in Chicago, Anthony Waller changed the setting to Russia for budgetary reasons. Also, this is Sir Alec Guinness's final film.