Author: Craig Matthews
Daddy issues, it’s a phrase we have all heard, and in Director Thommy Hutson’s latest film ‘The ID’. It’s taken the whole 5 yards.
Released in 2016 this physiological thriller won Best Thriller at The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival. With a script written by Sean H Stewart and produced by Thommy Hutson and Daniel Farrands (who gave us The Haunting in Connecticut). With Amanda Wyss and Patrick Peduto adding their talents to the mix, this is shaping up to be a gripping ride through the psyche.
We are introduced to Meredith (Wyss) and her disabled, and frankly a lot of an asshole father (Peduto) at first glance I’m struggling; the dynamic between the two seems very wooden, and I definitely struggled to feel any of the tension that the film promised. But this is only a temporary issue as soon we can see just how tyrannical her father can be. These two parts have been very well scripted though I’m not sure about the father’s tendency to spout bible verses when he doesn’t get his own way.
The cinematography adds to the feeling of claustrophobia, lots of close up shots of Meredith and scenes where the camera follows her around help to give the viewer just how trapped she is. The camera crew manage to nail this in every shot. I can count the scenes where the camera is pointing out of the house on one hand top job there. As we go through the film we witness the relationship beginning to break down, with some great moments courtesy of Wyss and Peduto. They both eased into their parts commendably, and deliver us some properly tense moments. A catalyst to the inevitable confrontation comes in the form of high school sweetheart Ted (Malcom Matthews) appearing.
Things really start to charge ahead now, and again I have to commend Amanda Wyss’s acting talents. Her portrayal of the middle aged women starting to lose her grip on reality is one of the best I’ve seen. My other complaint starts here, ‘flashbacks’. Flashbacks, when done well can add a new dynamic to the story telling, giving the characters new depth and their actions new meaning. Here however the flashbacks just cause a distraction, and in one or two cases damage the tense atmosphere.
At this point we are building up to the end of the film we find our protagonist has truly gone off the rails, and the walls between reality and her increasingly disturbed fantasy are well and truly coming down. I have to mention the cinematography again here, there are some truly creepy moments and they have managed to exploit them perfectly, even with the odd jump scare, if only there were more of these moments! The ending itself is well thought out and executed well, but not quite well enough. After the brilliant psychological moments earlier in the film, I was left feeling a little underwhelmed.
I think Thommy Hutson did a good job all in all. He’s telling a story that’s been told countless times and still managed to leave his mark on it. The cinematography was tight, and what little effects were used, were used well. The performance of the actors, especially Meredith really wowed me. While I did have a few issues, the main one being the distracting and counterproductive flash backs overall it was a good effort, I would happily watch it again.