The Nature of Choice (Review)

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A review of the independent film "The Nature of Choice"

Submitted: July 31, 2008

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Submitted: July 31, 2008



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Picture me standing in a phone booth, you know the one; the phone booth right outside Second Cup, overlooked by the only billboard in Oakville, you can’t miss it. So there I am, baking in the hot July sun when a red haired youth and two of his pals approach me with a black and white mass produced flyer depicting a trio of youth and bearing the name “The Nature of Choice.” It’s a flyer for an independent film they’ve made and admission was free, so I decided to check it out. A week later I find myself in the local Encore Cinema theatre with my phone companion, surrounded by jeering teens looking to see some entertainment. The movie soon begins.

The opening credits appear accompanied by obscured fireworks and Pink Floyd’s Time. I found it to be a creative way to open up the picture, but I found myself fidgeting with boredom, waiting for some action after almost three minutes of names I didn’t recognize and possibly repeated firework images. Pink Floyd’s music accompanied the entire film well, and was obviously the choice of the director, whom I saw sporting a “Dark Side of the Moon” hat earlier that evening. The artistic imagery was pleasing to the eye while the music fell in exceptionally.

Soon we moved on to the opening scene, of a substitute teacher lecturing his class about things seldom taught in any class ever held in my curriculum. Suspending my disbelief first of all with the course material, and then with the mediocre acting was a rough beginning, but I kept watching and hoping.

Moving through the slow preceding of the classroom lecture, we finally arrive at the awkward teacher’s first analogy of how time is an illusion and thus choice is a paradox. We see a young couple with dismal acting ability run some lines that allude all too obviously to the apparent themes we’re about to learn about in the film. Then we move through various other analogies the teacher offers. By far the worst scene in the picture depicts a pair of young teen boys arguing over whether the deciding factor for naming a meal is time or substance. I watch in disbelief as each actor destroys the writer’s attempt at Seinfeld nonsensical satire humor line by line. I found it amusing that in the following scene, the youths that have just been identified as thieves and drug abusers play out easily the best acting in the entire film. As my companion quite frankly pointed out later on, and to my approval, “You can’t really have stellar acting if you pick all your pals to be leads.”

After the cheesy dialogue had finished, and the comic book style scene progression had passed, the movie came to an end. Then they started it up again, and then it ended. This cycle repeated four or five times, showcasing either the brilliantly symbolic writing ability or a poorly thought out red herring. In whichever case, the movie finally ended (I’m only guessing, but they rolled credits, and that’s usually a good sign) and I convinced my friend to wait around a bit while I talked to the director. When I did get a chance to go up and say hello, he shook my hand and said “Hey, it’s telephone boy, right?” Then he walked away before I got a chance to say anything.

I was impressed with the film however, and I liked how the symbols were presented and the themes flowed in with the dialogue. I liked the film almost as much as I enjoyed seeing local art so close to home, and I hope others will come forward with their creative talents and help give Oakville a name in independent film production through the years.

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