BoXeD is a quiet-horror, drama & mystery. Rachel’s sister Hope is missing. Her one time lover and client, Richie, is applying pressure for the exhibition of his latest artwork. As Rachel begins to deal with her loss and commitments there is an unwelcome return of a face from the past in the form of Richards ex-collaborator, Nicholas. The search for Hope takes Rachel to the dark lost moments of her life she’d hoped to leave behind.
Hailing from the United Kingdom is this debut film from Writer/Director Daniel A Finney. Quite an entry into the film world he has created, with this combination film borrowing elements from horror, drama and mystery film genres.
As it all unravels on screen we are introduced to a relatively new on the scene acting cast such as Charles O’Neil (as Richie Prendergast), Hetty Bentley (as Hope), Gypsy Dowley (as Barry), Jane Hamlet (as Rachel Porter), Ian Wlliamson (as Constable Naschy), Lisa Malam (as Family Liason Officer),and Mark Cornwell (as Nicholas Brooks).
All portray their characters well enough for their newness on the scene, but Hamlet shows her keenness to excel further in her role by combining her characters vulnerability with sorrow ,so beautifully, in her role as lost and desperate Rachel.
We also meet O’Neil as the explosive and occasionally aggressive Richie, a volatile and harsh , yet amazingly strong and watchable character on film.
The combination of the use of black and white film techniques and a hauntingly low and melodramatic score through most of the film create an almost foreboding atmosphere within the film and keep the viewer watching.
We see Rachel’s hair blow in a gentle breeze, the lines in Richie’s face as his anger distorts it, the defined lines in the woodwork within the church, and the naked light of a candle as it burns. These small but poignant moments create the ambience of the film. They are a mere few examples. We sit forward, we hold our breath, purely anticipating a gradual decline for the characters within the developing story. It is an emotional viewing, but an enjoyable one too.
This film doesn’t require huge scares, or cheap gimmicks, it is all within the writing where the actors find their poise and portray their characters as realistically as imaginable. The build up is significant, with music matched to the heightened anxiety as it builds. It may only run for around 70 minutes but this offering shows us what can be done with a simple but well evolved concept.
I won’t spoil it for you, but I implore any film fan to give this a try. I cannot wait to see what else Finney may offer us in the future.