There are many films that come and go at the blink of an eye so fast you wonder why anyone made a fuss over it. Other films, rightly or wrongly, live on in the collective consciousness of the cinema attending public.
A lot of them come from the jaws of Hollywood but one I want people to Hit Play on comes from mid-nineties Edinburgh, Scotland. Of course I'm talking about Danny Boyle's debut film Shallow Grave.
Tthis film was made on such a tight budget; so much so that the production team had to sell off parts of their set just to finish production. You wouldn't guess how low finances were with the spectacular product and look seen on the screen. Whilst it's basic, it's effective which goes to show that CGI and extravagant outfits aren't always necessary for a lush looking film. The mise-en-scene works wonders and shows a more refined, middle class image of Scotland especially in comparison to Boyle's next film Trainspotting.
This film is wonderfully put together and very worth watching multiple times. Having studied it whilst studying Scottish cinema in Film Studies A-level, I've loved it since the first time I saw it. There are many fantastic moments but some of the best definitely include the flatmate interviews the main trio conduct whilst finding a housemate (it's worth noting this segment features a cameo from McGregor's Mum), the all-out fight the trio have towards the climax of the film for the money and the twist ending that is so good it's got to be seen to be believed. One of my personal best bits is when Alex is discussing dismembering Hugo with Juliet and comes out with the line: "But you're a doctor; you kill people everyday!"
If you haven't already seen this film go straight to somewhere that sells DVDs, buy a copy and watch it immediately!
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