The Face (2012)

Brett Mullins

Original Title: Ansigtet

Released: 2012

Written and Directed by Svend Ploug Johansen

While out on a jog, a young woman encounters death personified and attempts to escape her fate.

The Face is a cliched film that is executed rather well. When the audience initially catches glimpse of the Grim Reaper, they will likely be underwhelmed by his appearance as simply a dark hooded figure wielding a scythe. In this film, the Reaper’s role is not to inspire terror; it is to be a convenient plot device that pulls the story together and builds tension.

The production quality ranges from amateur to excellent. A select few moments are painful to watch, especially when the woman is sliding down the hill. This conveys a feeling of sloppiness which is likely to break tension. The majority of the twelve minute short, however, is well done. In particular, the film’s conclusion is constructed so that it maximizes the feeling of awe when all is said and done.

The Face is an interesting tale that presents a nice illustration of fatalism.

Rating: 7/10

This Film was screened at the 2012 Atlanta Horror Film Festival. 

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