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Mind Games and Murder: Two Great Performances Distinguish This Fascinating Web Series,
This review is from: The Confession (DVD)
For those that don't follow the increasingly complex world of Internet entertainment, Brad Mirman's series of webisodes entitled "The Confession" has been packaged as a feature film DVD. Airing as original episodes on Hulu for a nine week run, this may well set the standard for sophisticated and professional programming for a new age. The taut and dramatic screenplay unravels as basically just a verbal exchange between two men. But when those men are Keifer Sutherland and John Hurt, both giving riveting performances, the screen is alive with electricity. The webisodes blend seamlessly into a feature that runs just shy of seventy minutes. "The Confession," with Sutherland as an enigmatic hitman, may not meet the violence and action quota that many similar stories would choose. It is, instead, something much more interesting--almost like a dynamic two man play (with flashes of other characters and peripheral material). While mostly just talk, it is still ceaselessly entertaining and tense.
The plot is not that unexpected, truth be told. Sutherland steps into a confessional with priest Hurt ready to absolve his sins. But he isn't seeking forgiveness, he is pushing to understand Hurt's theological perspective on the nature of good versus evil. Is he trying to reconcile his criminal lifestyle? Perhaps seeking redemption? Playing mind games? Or trying to provoke this man of God? Through a series of flashbacks, his ulterior motives will be revealed. I wasn't particularly surprised about where this sordid little tale led (it seems rather apparent), but it is always a fascinating journey to get there.
If I was rating "The Confession" as a straight-up movie, I might give it four stars. The two leads are absolutely mesmerizing and make this a can't miss proposition. The dialogue is sharp, snappy, and appropriately introspective. It is a solid short film. However as something produced as original web content, "The Confession" easily earns five stars for its level of technical proficiency. If this is the future of entertainment and this is the quality of content that we can expect, than count me in! I commend everyone involved for raising this medium to a new level of excellence--but once again shout out to great, great performances by Sutherland and Hurt! The DVD extras include 4 back story episodes about some of the supporting roles that don't add a whole lot to the experience. But it is also loaded with behind-the-scenes features and interviews that capture almost every element of the production. Check it out! KGHarris, 1/12.