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Circle of Eight (DVD)

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Genre: Drama / Actor: John Bishop / Director: Stephen Cragg / DVD Release Date: 2009

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      23.06.2012 11:04
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      Poor and disappointing

      I saw this was showing on the movie channels a while back and after reading the description I decided to record it thinking it would be a film that me and my partner could watch together and could both enjoy. We never got round to it and it sat there for months until I decided to watch it the other day! This is a film only review.


      Plot
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      Jessica is driving along and singing in her car. She looks as though she hasn't got a care in the world and is obviously pleased about where she is headed and is excited to be going there. She pulls up at an apartment block named The Dante and takes a box out of her car. As she is heading for the door a young man comes out who introduces himself and tells her he will help with her boxes in a minute. Jessica thinks this is a lovely gesture and is pleased that her neighbour seems so nice. She heads on inside to find the man with her key who incidentally has his office in the lift(!) He gives her her key and her tenancy agreement, putting extra emphasis on the fact that she must not go into the file room under any circumstances.
      Jessica's apartment is large but bare and cold. She sets about making herself at home when her door swings open. There stands a man with a video camera, filming her. She asks him to leave and also to stop filming her but he just continues as though he doesn't see why she isn't okay with it. She is starting to get rather worried when a woman and a man walk in and introduce themselves. The woman seems nice but Jessica cannot understand why these people don't seem to respect personal space. Will Jessica be able to settle down here or is it her time to move on?


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      I thought that this film would be really intriguing and interesting and looked forward to seeing what would happen. However, from the start I just found it all a bit strange! Although Jessica seemed like a nice enough girl I don't believe that we as an audience had enough time to get to know her before we met all of her new neighbours. Therefore I didn't feel quite so protective over her as I often do with main characters in films!
      Although the plot was quite interesting I found it dragged on a bit and although the runtime of the film is actually quite short I was pleased when it ended. Although I had an idea of what might have been going on some of the ideas were just so farfetched and ridiculous.
      The acting in the film is of an average standard. None of the main characters are played by particularly well known actors and none of them particularly shone in my opinion.
      The ending of the film is ok, it wraps everything up but I was disappointed as it could have been a much stronger film than it was.


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      The film was released in 2009.
      It stars Austin Highsmith as Jessica.
      It runs for 80 minutes.
      I can only find an import version of this on Amazon currently.


      Summary
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      I found this film poor and disappointing. I really wouldn't recommend it unless you are absolutely desperate to see it but if you can find it on TV one day when there is absolutely nothing else on then you could give it a try.

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