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The Local

Dan Eberle wrote and directed an amazing, though distinctly amateur film called The Local, which is even more frighteningly visceral and wacko than Lars von Trier’s horror extravaganza, Antichrist. The film is hard to describe. Kind of like a Vin Diesel character in Brooklyn playing Billy Jack on steroids. All the blood and gore you could ever want. Lots of pathos and horror, too. The film would be a tosser if it weren’t so skillfully held together by Eberle’s flawless performance as a down-and-out drug courier trying to do the right thing in a milieu controlled by pushers, pimps, and killers. The fractured photography echoes this fragmented shadow world perfectly. Maybe our man Diesel is in trouble. We all love a new and unique hero. I’m curious to see what Dan Eberle will do next.

2 comments

1 Bob { 12.02.09 at 12:21 am }

Well written succinct piece with unique turns of phrase but I was a bit confused. Wacho or wacko? Bathos works or did you mean pathos? Milieu controlled by pushers maybe instead of pushes?

2 Steven Alm { 12.02.09 at 2:16 am }

Thanks for your comments. My head often gets ahead of my fingers, and I very much appreciate your corrections. Dan Eberle also sent a message, thanking me for my review, saying it was nice when someone gets it. His comment humbled me, as does the quality of The Local. It is amazing when someone breaks the mold, as Dan has done with this film. I’m left in awe of his achievement and, also, of his decency. It gives me something to shoot for.