“I am a fan of the Artsploitation label. They have such a flair for the cutting edge in world cinema. They have a balance of art house and odd aggressive. This is a label that have had more movies in critics top ten than most major movie studios.” — James DePaolo, www.wickedchannel.com
I am a fan of the Artsploitation label. They have such a flair for the cutting edge in world cinema. They have a balance of art house and odd aggressive. This is a label that have had more movies in critics top ten than most major movie studios. Being that I am a product of Buffalo New York’s art house 70’s style and then grew into the gritty French Quarter of New Orleans art house theaters where the theater is not even sure what they are going to show till it is curtains time. When I use a sentence that says, “ Artsploitation are going outside their comfort zone”, is when I feel excited for what I am about to explore. Raphael Neal has a history of acting and being a photographer, but his feature film debut showcases that maybe directing is his strong suit. For people not familiar with the source material of this film, it is a loose retelling of the true crime of Leopold and Loeb. Fever takes the story to a different playing field when we explore what would inspire their drive to carry out the crime. This film is rich in character development as we watch our main characters start to go into this mental manifestation while trying to justify to themselves that what they are doing is normal. The murder that happens in this film is not as special as watching this film and the direction the film takes to try and showcase such a weirdness yet paranoid frankness. The biggest positives to this film were the acting and the direction the film took. This film did not want to be the same old film we have seen countless times, it went into pastures never explored to give us such a depth to the characters and an idea how fractured and easily manipulated it was during this time.
The biggest negatives, well smallest negatives because this film does not have big ones. I felt at time, it was a slow burn and seemed a bit repetitive in certain moments. The climax of the film may not be to everyone’s liking, but I did like it. People may feel in the dark if they are familiar with the case. While this film gives you all the info you would need, some people do not like going blind into these kinds of mystery films. For a company that has more hits than misses, this is clearly a good little film that deserves to get some attention and maybe have some people watching it. If you let this film manipulate you, you will become a fan by the middle. My advice, sit back and have fun and let this film give you a different slice of pie.
8 out of 10