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@Thisfunktional Movie Review: FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS

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Written by Jesus Figueroa

Psychological Thriller "Friends Don't Let Friends" takes a steady fast-paced approach to telling a story with many twists.

Gravitas Ventures' "Friends Don’t Let Friends" was released on Nov. 28.

Official Synopsis: As a group of friends come together to cover up a murder, they end up stranded deep in the desert, and have to band together to make it out alive. The further they venture into the darkness, the closer they come to discovering that each one of them is more dangerous than anyone had ever realized.  It’s only a matter of time before they understand… Four people can keep a secret, when three of them are dead.

As an indie film this was enjoyable and well worth the watch.

The cast does a good job acting through this story which can stretch logical thinking and at times switches to random conversation topics between characters.

"Friends Don’t Let Friends" stars Jake White (SYFY’s "Children of the Corn" 2009), Brittany Anne Woodford ("A Family Man" 2016), Jenny Curtis ("Any Bullet Will Do" 2016), Brendan McGowan ("Sweet Darling" 2016) and Kanin Guntzelman (NBC’s "Southland" 2013).

The dialogue can be a bit jarring as it seems to throw around one topic after another and stretch the logical connection between topics.

Each character keeps their personality distinct and even with the strange dialogue, it seems believable that that each personality would be acting the way they do.

Not to give away any spoiler, the explanation of the differences in each friend or member of the group gets explained well by the end.

The ending seems to bring the entire story together and make sense of some of the weird parts of the story.

The story may at times feel jumbled as well or that the scenes may not fit together just right, but that is actually what makes the ending connect.

Not everything is explained in the story, but not everything needs to be.

The ending leaves the audience wondering what will happen next and the ending, although it wraps the story up well, keeps the audience's attention to the very end.

The shooting style is a bit shaky, but not enough to be an issue with audiences.

The voyeuristic way of framing the shots can help audiences feel as though almost being another character in the story.

Overall, "Friends Don't Let Friends" is worth watching. Indie films, like this one, should be supported because its well thought out and the joy of making the story come to life can be seen in the end result.


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