SXSW: Four Boxes Reviewed

By Josh Tyler 2009-03-18 00:25:51discussion comments
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In Four Boxes three people move into a dead guyís house for a week, cheat on each other, and watch terrorism videos on the deceasedís computer. Donít worry, itís not as sick as it sounds. Or is it? They have a good reason to be there. Trevor (Justin Kirk) and Rob (Sam Rosen) are estate liquidators, theyíre the guys your call when your loved ones die and you donít want to deal with cleaning all of their shit out of their house. Rob invites his fiancťe Amber (Terryn Westbrook) over to stay while they work, and the three of them spend a week knee deep living in someone leftover filth.

Half the fun of Four Boxes is in figuring out what itís about. Maybe itís a relationship drama. Two buddies have their friendship tested when one steals the otherís girl, gets engaged to her, and then invites over to rub his palís nose in it. Or maybe itís a thriller. Three people are trapped in a dead guyís house and in the process of going through his junk discover really creepy stuff. Or maybe itís a movie about internet obsession. A guy canít take his eyes off a voyeuristic website showing a bomb maker who doesnít know heís being watched.

This is writer/director Wyatt McDillís first film and heís come up with a unique script and paired it with a talented and charismatic cast. The result is nearly fantastic until the movieís ending which, unfortunately flushes the whole thing down the toilet, sending his audience out of the theater irritated and disappointed. Itís as if McDill simply ran out of gas and didnít know how to finish it. But this is only his first effort. If Wyatt McDill ever figures out how to end a movie, he'll become a force to be reckoned with. Keep an eye out for his next flick.
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