A well crafted mockumentary is a refreshing change of pace. The best cleverly walk the line between fact and fiction while providing laughs and commentary. Directed by and starring Gillian Wallace Horvat, I Blame Society is a darkly comedic look at a struggling filmmaker. Playing herself, Horvat decides to make a documentary based on a facetious comment someone made about her. Gillian soon discovers jokingly being told she would be a good murderer may not be the best inspiration for making a movie.
The premise is a fun one filled with potential. The idea of someone documenting how to commit the perfect murder is funny in and of itself. It can also very easily become too silly to be enjoyable. I Blame Society falls into both categories. The opening scene sees Horvat trying to convince a friend to appear in her documentary as a victim. When he understandably gets upset, she explains why she would kill his girlfriend in a hilarious exchange. There are other scenes that humorously point out the difficulties of making an indie film.
Even for an extreme story, things can also get a little too over the top. As I Blame Society advances deeper into its plot, things become wackier. This is most evident in the final act of the film when outrageous actions overtake the story. I Blame Society is a fun mockumentary that skewers the filmmaking business. The unique premise is immediately eye catching while the comedy is spot on. The plot loses its way towards the end, but it is entertaining.
I Blame Society comes to VOD February 12.
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