Do you love being stressed-out by movies where you follow people around without any clue what’s going on and just hope there’s just a giant misunderstanding that will resolve itself in about 90 minutes? If so Broken Mile may be your jam.
Quick synopsis of Broken Mile: “A drug addict awakens to find the girl he is with is dead, and must rush to escape the consequences. A real-time thriller presented in a single, unbroken take.” There isn’t much more to say about the plot because it doesn’t go deeper. Through Broken Mile we follow drug addict Shaun as he runs from his best friend Kenny, who has a gun. Scary? Scary.
I think what makes this movie interesting is the shooting style—all in one take. I enjoyed following the characters around and switching from one to the other as they’d meet up and separate while roaming downtown Toronto in the rain. Things like story arc and dialogue aren’t strong (and the critics ripped the movie apart for this so I’ll leave it at that) but I did enjoy the movie overall. I didn’t know what was going to happen and did become emotionally invested in the story, even if I disagreed with every decision Shaun made and thought his actions made no sense. Except, well, he was on drugs so…OK then. Whatever.
Shooting a movie all in one take would be difficult and I appreciate the ambition of writer/director/producer/director of photography Justin McConnell. This could be a cool first step into the world of gritty action thrillers and I think if it was served to me as a mini series on YouTube I would not be able to get enough. As it stands my heart raced throughout the film and I’m glad I watched till the end because I got some closure. Or at least I know what everyone was so upset about.
Broken Mile synopsis
Broken Mile, told in pulse pounding real-time and presented as a single unbroken take, follows a drug-addict (Francesco Filice) who awakens to find the woman he is with dead, and must rush to escape the consequences. Along the way he enlists the help of his strong-willed ex-girlfriend (Caleigh Le Grand), and avoids confrontation with the gun-toting figure chasing him (Patrick McFadden). The film was produced by McConnell’s company Unstable Ground, in association with Pasha Patriki’s 9 Light Entertainment, and executive producer Andrew van den Houten’s (“Jug Face,” “The Ranger”) 79th & Broadway Entertainment.
Broken Mile began its North American theatrical run July 28th and VOD/Digital/DVD and Blu-Ray release on August 15th, 2017.