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Experimental Film That's Not Wholly Successful
on October 10, 2005
"The Blockhouse" is a film rife with good intentions but, alas, good intentions do not a great film make. It is noble of the filmmakers to portray men in a desperate situation trying to maintain their spirits and sanity. That said, even at the 92 minutes that the film clocks in at it's difficult for the viewer to retain their spirits let alone interest. Director Clive Rees films the men trapped in an underground bunker in natural candlelight and it appears that he allows his international cast, led by Peter Sellers, to improvise with no music to cue our emotions. In this regard the film is only marginally successful. It's not to say that this cannot be effective. Some may laugh, but think of Tom Hanks in Robert Zemeckis' "Castaway". As for Peter Sellers, some may think this is a vanity project for him but it's anything but. Sellers is effectively subdued in a rare dramatic role for him and graciously shares the screen with his supporting cast.