May 20, 2019 Unwritten (Movie Review)
The best authors often lead tortured lives, having inspiration birthed from a troubled past or unstable present. Just one element often witnessed within the basic composition of any valuable writer, to properly be able to tell a great story from start to finish is far from an easy task for anyone. This in mind, when the struggle to finish a story becomes the source of one man’s deepest sorrow and suffering, he will be forced to go back to the beginning so that he may finally bring an end to a tale which has, up until now, gone hesitantly unwritten. This in mind, comes the debut feature film Unwritten from Dale Neven set to be released on DVD, On Demand, and on all other digital platforms as of Tuesday, May 21st via Random Media.
A Psychological Sci-Fi Thriller, it stars Gabriel Burrafato (You’re the Worst series, Criminal Minds series) as agoraphobic author, Albert Flinch; Brittany Hoza (Annabelle Comes Home 2019) as his concerned and estranged daughter, Livvie; Mark Justice (The Immortal Wars 2018, Simran 2017) as villainous book seeker, Sherwood; Ben Stobber (Bus Party to Hell 2017, The Immortal Wars 2018) as well-intentioned shrink, Dr. Tanner; Lorenzo Lamas (Grease 1978, Falcon Crest TV series 1981-1990) as the intimidating General Lane; and Abraham Rodriguez (Power Rangers Beast Morphers TV series 2019) as a young Albert.
The premise of Unwritten is initially very intriguing, focusing on failed writer and agoraphobe, Albert Flinch, who nervously resides inside of a heavily boarded up, old, used book store located directly in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Upon an unsuspecting visit from his estranged daughter, Livvie, Albert’s paranoia and unhinged mind worries her to the point of seeking professional help for him. Unfortunately she just so happens to show up on the exact same day as the unmistakably accurate antagonist of one of Flinch’s most unforgettable unfinished works.
This in mind, Unwritten conceptually excels, but is disappointingly executed. The plot is promising in spite of its porous nature, but its portrayal is even more so underwhelming. The characters are slightly irritating at times, and really leave little for viewers to even want to become invested in. That may be due, in part, to the performances, which were exceedingly over-the-top and come off as more satirical than serious.
However, the score is one of the movie’s most redeemable qualities, and actually outshone the cinematography when it comes to telling the interesting story. The musical compositions reveal more character than the film itself, which is upsetting considering how relatable and affecting the prominent themes are of letting go of the past, finding closure, overcoming one’s fears, the lengths people are willing to go to protect what they love, and never giving up.
There were careless mistakes that exhibited a disregard for detail, and frankly it adds to diminished overall quality and likability of Unwritten. The fountain of cheese which flowed over the entire movie make it incredibly difficult for viewers to resist the urge to detach. The low-quality CGI, substandard cinematography, shoddy dialogue, plot holes, and predictability honestly limit any “psychological” or “thrilling” aspects of the movie. Which is why Cryptic Rock gives Unwritten 2 out of 5 stars.