Forget everything you learned in film class over the summer. “Adrenaline” director Robert Archer Lynn wants you to know that his latest picture, the upcoming paintball slasher epic “Deadbox” (aka “Havoc”), contains the longest single take in the history of the medium. In fact, the movie’s gimmick is listed in nearly ever press release related to the project, boldly declaring to anyone who will listen that the entire project was executed using an intriguing 105-minute shot. And while this is certainly an impressive accomplishment, it really won’t amount to anything worthwhile if the movie itself is a complete and utter waste of your precious time. That, of course, remains to be seen. Presently, Aleksandr Sokurov haunting 2002 masterpiece “Russian Ark” holds the title for the longest take. If what Lynn claims is true, I guess that’s about to change.
Here’s a quick synopsis if you’re interested:
A five-person team of paint ball players decide to go environmental on their way to a tournament. Unfortunately, the environment they choose turns out to be an abandoned prison, whose sole inhabitant is a paranoid schizophrenic vet who mistakes them for a team of assassins. Now the game is for real.
The premise is certainly ripe with potential, but then again, we are talking about the man who directed “Adrenaline,” another film which utilizes a single take to tell its story. Is he the dreaded one-trick pony, or is there actually a fair amount of talent buried beneath the surface? As soon as the film works its way onto DVD, the question shall be answered. Until then, check out the trailer, featuring that one guy from “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” No, the other one.