«That was just fantastic. Why how could I have missed this one? An intresting story, great writing, superb directing as usual, and top notch acting. Great Work SG!»
«A top notch script was executed very well by the actors and told perfectly, making for an exhilarating and thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Overall the editing was very fine with some very dark and moody atmospheric shots, but a few editing glitches such as long pauses between responses, a bit of "character jumping" and unnecessary fades took away a bit of the film's polish, but didn't really detract much from what was transpiring.
I was really immersed in the world you created and the web of bad acquaintances, and you did well to bring the world to life.
One thing however, wouldn't the governor have been like, "where the hell is my son" and surely after two years, would've had Ray arrested or something? In real life, if a governor's son went missing, that would've sure attracted a hell of a lot of media attention, but I guess this was more about the gangsters relationship themselves rather than Ray vs. the police.
Anyway, it was certainly a very entertaining film and a story well told... Surely your best film by far.
«Let's see, It's hard for me to put this quite right. I thought the film was good, but was lacking in many areas. The acting was great as it's hard not to be with such a cast, the plot was interesting and the inspiration for it and its killer aren't hard to figure out. I felt your direction was nice as well. The main problem that is eating me is that I feel your use of the game, the sets and design, was lacking and felt somewhat amateur. I could see this better as a live action film. Don't get me wrong, I think it was good, but left something to be desired. Also it may be more of a personal peeve, but I felt the hitman's character was to flat. His reasoning felt dry and unbeleivable most of the time.
Overall I enjoyed it, lacked a sense of originality but thoroughly enjoyable.»
«Another blockbuster from SG,\t\t\t\t\t
A hell of an opening. Some nice camera panning to begin with also. Some nice acting throughout, some vo's were a little low on volume, especially at the start. Loved the gun sound effects, some neat stuff. A great cast, needless to say, a magnificent cast.
I'll say this, some magnificent camera work throughout the movie. Some nice set dressing also. Liked the guns on the wall, axes and all that on the tables, etc for the main character's place. At 12 minutes, I thought "What a masterpiece already, what else does this has to offer, I'm sold already"
Did I mention the sound? Once we past halfway, the soudn really comes in handy to set the mod, ambiance and all. Loved it. More fabulous set dressing, great attention to detail and custom setting. Overall, another magnificent "Sg" blockbuster film and well
worth the long wait. Definitely your top film and you should be proud mate. I think everyone has said it all. I got nothing else to say...speechless
Please put this on High Res for download or somewhere up to download so I can show my drama class a true piece of film work, without the need to use cheap video cameras or the need to"act on stage" Just magnificent.
«Finally dragged myself away from production to sit and watch this properly... and wasn't disappointed.
Let me start by getting the negative out of the way. Yes, the voice levels were a tad off (moreso right at the start than anywhere else), and there could have been more "ambient" sounds or music to "set the mood" and bridge the blank spots between scenes or transistions (the silence was a bit glaring in certain parts), but these are minor gripes in the main. Our erstwhile protagonist wasn't drawn in much more than broad strokes and we don't get much chance to see into his motivations, desires or drives, which is a shame for me, but understandable, as there's a lot of stuff to cram into 29 mins. A couple of "slipped" fade scenes in the wrong place as well, but again nothing overly problematic. And the ending was a little flat for me, but as said elsewhere, there had to be some sense of closure.
Now, onto the good; the music was well suited to the film, and worked well. VO acting was pretty damned good; some very nice portrayals in here, not over-the-top but nicely underplayed, which suited the tone nicely. Some really sweet camera work as well, drawing some good visuals (a lot of imagery nicely interlaid into the shots, implying without having to utter a line of dialogue (some good cinematic visualisation)). Nicely written and directed piece, all told; some very solid performances, and looks good.
It maybe not the greatest movie of all time, but technically it's certainly good, well written, well acted and well put together. A little bit lacking in parts for my tastes and a few issues here and there (I think the characters could have stood much more time developing their relationship, which would have made the end payoff much more intense, but that's just my take on it), but a solid result and a credit to you. Ultimately, it's not really my kind of movie, but I can recognise decent work when I see it... and I see it in spades in this .
Overall, big thumbs up!»
«Excellent movie. It grabbed my attention early and held it to the end. The acting was
excellent throughout. The original music by Lizard and Mefune worked very well, I particularly loved the closing music.
I also would have loved to know who did that music cue as well as who performed each role... in real life the credits tell youall this, it should be like that here too. Techincally,it was solid and the audio had no real problems. Some voice level could have been tweaked, but nothing major.
I agree with Sisch that some scenes could have used even more "soundscape" to add dimension. The cafe was mentioned, the alleyway with man lying on ground was too quiet for me. The first long pan of the apartment had the music sitting too far back... there was no dialogue here.. crank it!
A very refined effort SG, I enjoyed watching it.
«Attention to details - sounds, set dressing were well attended to with care. sound shifting, crossing direction, the change in how we world sound in a bathroom were all subtle. A mark of the outstanding directors I've seen here on TMO/U. I did find a conflict between how cool the main character was and how, to me it, equated to a maturity in his job, but his cloth style fit a person that would be lazy, younger in his dress and more given to rage against his marks.
What a difficult script to keep in line and coherent throughout . you kept it reigned in, and focused. driving the film ahead along with your environmental visuals that added to the feel of your film.
My take away is that Ray will give us more of what makes him think killing and selling Tupperware both seem reasonable ways to make a living, as Noted, why only do one.
I liked its ease and pace - it underscored Ray as a sociopath but not totally void of caring what he does.
I learned a lot watching your work SG. well done»
«Wow! "A top drawer thriller with an all star cast." This film kept me so intrigued as to what would happen next that I feel like an idiot for not watching this sooner. What you have here is a masterpiece dazzling with suspense and unique action sequences, no joke.
PS. Loved the shot at 1:04.»
«A Superb dark thriller that was, very cold and dark, Great acting from VO Cast, I think BlazeLeeDragon's vo's were a bit low but I could manage to hear them...
The Free-cam was very enjoyable to watch along with a great script...
Ray was a nasty guy wasn't he
Overall a very enjoyable movie! »
«for the length of time this took, i was expecting something really out there and on the edge. But what i got was a safe movie, not too sharp, not too dull; safe in the middle. Blazeleedragon's VOs were too quiet for the most part but some nice camera angles and direction shows inprovment and progression. Keep up the good work.»
«An excellent film right up to the last couple of minutes - the "coda" didn't bother me, but I considered it kind of unnecessary, and a bit confusing - though I guess you did need some kind of closure for the characters.
With that said, this is without doubt your finest film - the cinematography and camera work was outstanding, the script was very well written, and you got some great performances from an excellent cast (though I would have liked to have known who played who - I recognized some voices, and didn't others - with acting of this caliber, I like to know).
It was a long wait for this film, that used up precious months of my life that could have been used...well, waiting for some other film....but definitely worth it. You skills as a filmmaker continue to grow, and I can't wait to see what you come up with next.»
«Very nice! The opening immediately pulled me in.
I liked violent gunfire suddenly breaking out in the middle of the quiet scenes. (That said, the volume level of the VOs were a bit low for me.) I liked the vengeful hit man and the naïve and friendly young man. The establishing shot that opens “Two years later” is beautiful. Moody and ominous. VOs were great as well. I especially loved the contrast between A_N_D (restrained) and his hostage.
This is a solid TM movie, but I felt the story and characters also have lots of potential for a feature-length film. Might I see a movie about a strange relationship that develops between a hit man and his hostage someday? The title “Bad Acquaintance” tells me the story should be from the young man’s point of view. It would be interesting to see how this bad acquaintance ends up affecting the young man’s life. Perhaps there’s something there that can make the ending even more compelling?
«An excellent movie and well worth the wait. The story was fairly simple but very well presented so that it didn't feel tired and unoriginal. The script was sharp and for me was the stand out feature of the film (along with the v'as of course)
Personally i thought the ending was unnecessary. The film could have ended before the 'jump forwards' (trying to avoid spoilers here) and would have created a much more impactful 'does he doesn't he' situation.
Overall the movie was understated, but in a very good way. Low key action with a well written brilliantly performed script. Mucis and sound fxs also deserve a special mention as these really added depth to the movie. Very enjoyable.
«30 minutes of my life and much more of your own. So how does it grade out for me? Overall a very enjoyable experience. Pacing and mood were excellent with the music setting things up very well. Opening title sequence was superb. Editing was solid if unspectacular with the second half feeling stronger and calling less attention to itself.
The hostage situation reminded me a bit too much of Sheen's The Chase while the main character was a bit of a watered down Chigurh mixed with Collateral's Vincent. Too little true definition there for me. This left a lot of his lines impotent when I felt they should have been more powerful. I wanted to relate but he just wasnt enough of a badass nor human enough to make me feel sympathy. Though this is holding your character to perhaps an unfair standard.
Still, I felt thoroughly entertained and enjoyed the 30 minutes which is an accomplishment. Loved the "meeting" with his ex boss as well as the diner sequence. Ending didnt bother me and was well executed. Haha. An impressive foray into action well worth the look.
«Overall I really liked the film, I liked how it was not over the top action wise and how the main character was rather calm and focused. Some minor errors aside, I think this is a pretty solid film, and for me, your best yet SG. I wasnt crazy about the abrupt ending, but it didnt take away from the overall film. I would have liked to have seen tighter dialog that gave just a little bit more away, but again, this is still a really solid film. Some nice shots and some amusing moments. Great VO cast (i did have trouble hearing ray in the first few scenes, but then it picked up) and a nice look into the genre.
Nice work SG»
«"Max Payne meets The Departed. A graphic (well maybe not so graphic), but a realistic take on the seedy underworld of crime. The first scene of the film literally changes everything. Even though the ending was kinda unexpected, but then again trivial in terms of originality, it was something that could watched over and over again. The semantics and dialogue were astounding! The music, especially from the credits, follow amazingly with the mood of the story. Never since No Country For Old Men have I seen a hitman look so, well, you know what. A 5 (and if I could give it more, than I would)...out of 5. If there ever is going to be another type of awards ceremony like the TMOscars then this would get best ending, best twist, best thriller and/or possibly the TM movie of the year!»
«I'm very, very impressed, SG!
Great story, dialogue and fitting visuals, nifty special effects and inventive scene usage!
The dark, forlorn atmosphere pulled me in and didn't let me go right up to the end, which still has me guessing. Did he.. did he not?
Voiceacting was top notch - no wonder, considering the cast you assembled for this, and the music fitted very well. Liked the camera work very much, especially some of the transition shots!
If I'm allowed a minor nit-pick, there are one or two scenes were I would have wished for a little more ambient sound - the diner scene in the beginning comes to mind - I know there was background sound, but it was a bit too low for my liking.
This ambitious project is definitely your best work so far - a great story which made time fly by - I never noticed the nearly 30min passing! It was worth all the hard work, time and difficulties you faced on it's way to completion.
Be very proud of this movie!
«This is the first TMO film I have seen in a long time, and I have to say I'm glad I was able to watch it.
Sg, your TMO filmmaking ability has brought into the upper echelon of TMO/TMU movie makers. Bad Aquaintences is a tense story with surprisingly good camera shots. Needless to say, it was 30 minutes well spent. »
Original Music by:
Lizard3209 & MefuneAkira
Sound effects from soundsnap.com & michaelb6»
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