Joseph is a young man living alone after his father disappeared in the Oregon woods 6 years ago as the Fantasai Comet passed close by Earth. Now, as Joseph is having visions of a threatening image, the comet is coming close to Earth and people are dying as Joseph races to find answers.
Chris Smith (Joseph), Tresa Bell (Courtney), Ariel Goldberg (Thomas), Dave Hamilton (Therapist), Doug Midkiff (Mr. Matthews), Kurt Munger (Mr. Edwards), Sean Pawling (Andy), Nick Smith (Young Joseph).
Shadow in the Trees begins with the definition of a shadow and pretty much goes downhill from there. The story is plodding and slow much of the time with apparent attempts at plot points that end up being largely meaningless. The story doesn’t feel coherent and works much too hard at trying to redirect audience focus and create mystery. A few very well done BOO moments couldn’t save this one which ended with a lame, unoriginal twist that was poorly presented.
Acting was awful here with Chris Smith (who apparently also wrote and directed the film) exhibiting only a mild spark of talent. The remainder of the cast was either so green as to feel awkward, or overacted to the point they felt out of place in the film. Smith does appear to have some skills though, as the story was fairly solid and the film definitely had potential.
Technical quality was a big part of the downfall for this film. Camera work was inexperienced and quality was seriously lacking. Extended close-up shots were overused and uncomfortable without adding any real content. Sets and backgrounds were natural but bland at best. Physical effects were mediocre though again, a few BOO scenes were well done. Dialogue was dry and plodding. Sound and soundtrack were both low quality.
Overall Shadow in the Trees feels like a high school film project and fails as a feature film. From a high school film project however the film was fairly well done. Those who enjoy rough films without CGI or extensive effects will enjoy this while most probably won’t even finish watching the film.
With some mild violence and gore, this should be fine for teens and above.
Shadow in the Trees is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 1 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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