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Three years after the government passes Proposition 117 - a bill that sanctions suicides in private medical practices - a financially struggling twenty-something, Malison McCourt (Liv Collins), takes a job working for a leading private euthanasia clinic named Life Source Closures. McCourt is assigned to shadow Olivia Bletcher (Sarah Power); one of the clinic's leading death administrators. McCourt and Bletcher are dispatched to a remote estate to meet with a terminally ill new client, Milos Somborac (Tony Burgess). During the ritual, McCourt and Bletcher read from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, but during the process they unwittingly summon the wrath of a Death Cult that once inhabited the old property. This dark twisted tale takes a turn up for the books, when suddenly new client Somborac isn't the only one on death's doorstep.
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The basic plot is also mercifully short. Woman with maybe mental issues becomes a government euthanasia contractor killing people for a living. It slowly but surely pushes her further out on the crazy edge especially when potentially Tibetan Buddhist poltergeist stuff starts to happen. Canada is thoroughly diverse on it's paranormal phenomena. It's all told to the point and manages to overcome issues with them wanting to do a mild amount of out of order story telling that I didn't think quite worked but I get why they did it. The filmmakers want to keep you entertained even at the cost of narrative at times.
It's not a perfect movie of course. The lead actress is good at playing bonkers and rejected. She's not as good at playing understated. Thankfully, she doesn't have to play that for long. I don't completely agree with playing the movie slightly out of order. I get why they did it but it feels slightly gimmicky. It wears it's influences on it's sleeve too. It's weird cause the actual plot is not one I've seen a million times. It's awfully interested in referencing Polanski a lot. Even when it's overcoming those influences in great ways. It's really a good idea and well executed. They don't need to show us behind the curtain too much.
Overall, the movie is fun for a horror film and it even manages to have a few unnerving moments. It also looks surprisingly good for probably not having the biggest budget on the planet. The CGI and digital matting is well done to the point where I wasn't picking it completely apart. So, add well made to it's list of positives
Reserved, nervous, quiet, and prudish Malison McCourt (Liv Collins) recently got a job with Life Source Closure, a home assisted suicide company. She had difficultly with her first assignment so they team her up with a veteran Olivia Bletcher (Sarah Power) who appears to enjoy her work, however they stopped short of creating an enjoyable over-the-top character which this film so desperately needed.
The girls get assigned to a special case in a rural area where the man wants to undergo a killing involving a ritualistic knife and feeding him to the birds in a sky altar ceremony. The roles become reversed as Olivia balks at the idea while Malison seems possessed citing the company manual on customer satisfaction.
The film is your average horror with a euthanasia twist. They could have done better with the characters.
Guide: F-word. Nudity (Sarah Power)