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A Necessary Death

3.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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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 manas road towards death, and before long Gilbert and his crew become more involved than they ever wanted to be.

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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0079K4WCG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,107 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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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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By Artifex on May 29, 2014
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Was interested in a movie that may be honest. Watched it about half way, surprised I got suckered in that far.
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Pretty grim, but I like that sort of thing. Surprise ending. Not for the weak at heart.
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I had no clue what this film was about when I set up to watch it on pay-per-view. But with all the faux "documentaries" floating around lately, I should have known...and I feel foolish for not knowing. Anyway, through the eyes of a viewer who actually thought this might be a documentary, I thought this movie was going to be psycho/sociological "experiment" about the mentality of what an individual goes through and what they do to their surroundings regarding suicide. Instead, I mostly saw a narcissistic, snot-nosed, evil, opportunistic, greedy, kid narrator with a slut of a former girlfriend who seemed to relish in exploiting and coaching the suicide victim's demise. I was actually surprised, but glad, to see the narrator's demise but should have seen it coming a mile away.

Now that I know it was a "mockumentary", I say kudos to (real) director for making it believable, but I would hope that for the sake of mankind, no human being would ever actually act as tackless and inhumane as the (fake) director in real life.
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