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A Necessary Death (2008)

Matthew Tilley , G.J. Echternkamp , Daniel Stamm  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Matthew Tilley, G.J. Echternkamp
  • Directors: Daniel Stamm
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0079K4WCG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,142 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Film student Gilbert (GJ Echternkamp) has a novel idea for his final thesis project -- find someone who wants to kill themselves and follow them through the final days of their life. Gilbert posts a message on the internet looking for a suitable subject, and after interviewing a handful of people with various reasons for taking their life, he chooses a British expatriate (Matt Tilley) who is slowly dying of an inoperable brain tumor. Assured that his subject will actually commit suicide on film, Gilbert believes he has found the perfect candidate to explore the nature of the act objectively. But as filming goes on, it soon becomes apparent that the creative process is impacting the man's road towards death, and before long Gilbert and his crew become more involved than they ever wanted to be.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This made me really think May 29, 2012
I didn't know what to expect when I watched this film. I mean, a film about suicide! BUT, it is soooo much more than that. The filmmakers spend less time on the fact that there is a suicide and more on the fact of what happens when a group of people embark on a journey together, that seems like a good idea but turns out not to be. Things get complicated. People are betrayed. Lines get crossed. In the process, you learn a little about yourself. I really liked this movie a lot. I thought about it for days and days after. What would I do? Highly high recommend.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! June 11, 2012
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I went into this movie knowing it wasn't a documentary but ten minutes in I was convinced it was. The performances are great and the movie touching. I think I felt every emotion during the 90 minutes. I only got to see it because a friend recommended it to me. I am recommending it to you. Watch it you won't be disappointed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars corpora lente augescent cito extinguuntur June 5, 2012
Daniel Stamm's A Necessary Death leads the viewer to places most of us fear to venture. The path the film takes is one thus far unique to the mockumentary genre of cinema, at first we laugh in disbelief at the protagonist's objective and vain attempts to procure a subject but our emotions become sharply altered as the story progresses.
The plot takes a number of sorrowful and suspenseful turns as the interests of each member of the film crew collide after the subject: Matt involuntarily captivates each person who have begun to experience remorse about the project they have undertaken.
The film is carried by exceptional performances from both GJ Echternkamp and Matt Tilley and an authoritative hold on the narrative by Stamm. There is no skimping on the development of the supporting characters either however, Valerie Hurt brings a level of sentiment and striking selflessness that the entire audience will be able to identify with and Michael Traynor effectively manages to add bursts of both humor and realism to the darker moments of the film's latter half. In sum, the film is skillfully crafted from start to finish with a thrilling pace set so that the viewer's attention is consistently rapt.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soooo Good August 7, 2013
I was in the mode of watching documentaries so I was completely convinced it was a documentary. My morbid curiosity pulled me in and near the end I wasn't even sure I wanted to finish it. I'm so gullable! But I had a pure reaction, I shrieked and then I cried. I was traumatized! Of course then I googled it and found out it was really a mockumentary, but Bravo! It totally sucked me in. I want to laugh, but I'm still a little traumatized. Now I want to recommend this to others, but without letting them in on the secret. <devious smile>
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fascinating March 11, 2013
I ran across this movie while surfing Netflix and was totally drawn into it and was shocked at the ending. The person considering suicide was in a terrible situation and anyone with any compassion could identify with his plight. I will certainly suggest this to my friends. I felt the acting was first class and one could identify with everyone in it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense watch July 20, 2012
By Rando
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Be prepared for a film that pushes the documentary boundaries. Not only is it well written and well made, but it never stops going, it takes the test to the limit, how much can you as a viewer handle and how enveloped will you get? The lines of reality blur in this sad, scary film that brings a controversial topic to screen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars feeling like an idiot August 9, 2014
By K. Lee
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-.- hmmm you know that one person who thought the Blair Witch Project was real? That was me...feeling like an idiot. Same with this--I was probably the one person who didn't realize the entire time that this wasn't real. It was thought-provoking and, I think, well acted, but still. People have a right to know that this isn't real. Do not get emotionally invested in another pseudo-documentary pretending to be real life. It's a tough subject to deal with and it made me angry when I realized it was all fake. And the main guy doing the "documentary"--he would probably be one of the most selfish, spoiled, uncaring individuals I've seen. Watch this for "Matt"'s story, but nothing else. Shame on the real director for exploiting such a sensitive issue for "shock value".
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