Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Take A Hike

Certificate: Unrated
Running time: 11 mins
Director: Mark Blitch
Starring: Taylor James Brandt, Todd Terry
Genre: Drama/Short/Comedy
Country: USA

Back in the fledgling month of the year this site reviewed Mark Blitch’s award winning horror comedy The Code starring Taylor James Brandt and Todd Terry.  The pair return for Blitch’s family-to-be comedy drama Take A Hike which features a father and potential son-in-law as they take to bush in order to connect with one another.

The first thing you’ll notice about Take A Hike is how completely unlike The Code it is.  Blitch’s freshman short was flashy and self aware in that comic book/comedy way that was quite apt and fitting for the subject matter.  Take A Hike is a more restraint sophomore offering with only a few moments of visual flash, similarly the script is a lot softer in tone.  The laughs are allowed time to develop and stems from a confidence that been gained with having his previous success.  With a matured script in place, cast ready and a gorgeously rugged location the film is able to trek alongside it’s protagonists.  There’s a richness to the light in Take A Hike that has a warmth that’s tinged with sorrow and it’s thanks to Hannah Blitch who’s work on the film has secured the visual beauty of the film.

Taylor James Brandt, like Blitch, showcases another side of him ability.  As Adam he demonstrates a level of complexity that will make you sit upright and take note.  The childish likability of the character is fussed with a desire take the next step.  There are several moments in the film that will genuinely make you laugh and endears the character to the audience.  His screen presence is exceptionally strong, he has moments that are reminiscent of Zach Braff (in the best possible way).  Terry’s performance (as David) is remarkable, the complications in his relationship with Adam are commonplace but it’s the way in which he plays them that make all the difference.  It’s in the moments between the dialogue that Terry populates with rich emotion and sadness as it becomes more and more obvious that his issue might be more to do with the losing of his little girl rather than any shortcomings that Adam may or may not have.

Blitch’s follow-up is a mature and visually rich tale that we can all relate to, in making Take A Hike he has demonstrated that the talent and ability of all involved in the creation of The Code was not a fluke and has not been wasted.  Having enjoyed his freshman offering, savoured his sophomore we wait in anticipation for his junior contribution and ultimately a wonderful cinematic graduation.

Take A Hike can be viewed by clicking [here]


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