Canadian Film Festival 2017: Our Review of ‘Broken Mile’

Canadian Film Festival 2017: Our Review of ‘Broken Mile’

A drug addict, Shaun, (Francesco Filice) wakes up to find the woman he is with, Sarah (Lea Lawrynowicz) is dead. Some people would choose to stay in place. He, however, orders a ride to his ex-girlfriend Amy’s (Caleigh Le Grand) place. He becomes more motivated to tell his driver to speed away because of a gun wielding man named Kenny (Patrick McFadden).

I know what you’re thinking – another car chase film. Although I feel as if there is a reason filmmakers revisit these sub-genres, as Justin McConnell does in Broken Mile. Because the parameters between cat and mouse constantly change. There’s the talkative ride-sharing drive. Or the ominous breaking news coming from the radio.

The film depicts troubled urban characters who seem to know each other so well. Characters who, despite their closeness, ironically spend most of the movie alone and running away. The camera is game to follow three of these characters in a single take. It’s admittedly a gimmicky yet ambitious trick that must have taken a lot to arrange.

I already anticipate the ambivalent reaction to Kenny. It’s difficult for an audience to root for a man with a gun. But while the camera occasionally closes up Shaun and Amy’s, Kenny stays away from it, adding a mystery to the role. It also helps that both McConnell and McFadden chose not to make his lines sound like it’s coming out of a mustache-twirling villain.

One thing I wish the film could change is its cinematography. It makes it more of an effective neo-noir than the other neo-noir in the festival. But the palette reminds me of the kind of colours a woman would force on their bridesmaids. Despite of this the film is an enjoyable thriller, a step in the right direction for this local director.


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While Paolo Kagaoan is not taking long walks in shrubbed areas, he occasionally watch movies and write about them. His credentials are as follows: he has a double major in English and Art History. This means that, for example, he will gush at the art direction in the Amityville house and will want to live there, which is a terrible idea because that house has ghosts. Follow him @paolokagaoan on Instagram but not while you're working.
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