31 Days of Hallowe’en, Day 5: 12 Hour Shift [2020]

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Just to get this out of the way, because it’s insignificant: ’12 hour’ should be hyphenated. So this movie and I didn’t get off to a great start.

Then it spends more than half its runtime sloooowly introducing us to sketches of horrible, poorly acted characters whispering painfully unoriginal (and, at times, inaudible) dialogue. Its neon colour palette is…a thing? It was distinctive, I guess? The score is an unpleasant blend of hair metal and faux-opera that’s at odds with its inexplicably ’90s setting. Throw in some bizarre camerawork choices and some unconfident direction and it’s a shame that this darkly comic premise (sourcing a black market kidney from a hospital) didn’t get the movie it deserved.

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