Best friends Woodrow (Evan Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson) spend all of their free time building Mad Max-inspired flamethrowers and muscle cars in preparation for a global apocalypse. But when Woodrow meets the charismatic young Milly (Jessie Wiseman) at a bar in a mad cricket eating contest and falls in love, he and Aiden quickly integrate into a new group of friends, setting off on a journey of love, hate, betrayal, infidelity, and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Two young men, a flamethrower, a muscle car, two sexy young women, some booze and betrayal ... a cocktail which debuting filmmaker Evan Glodell shakes until it spews. More like a cinematic calling card and with plenty of rough edges, Bellflower is nevertheless an arresting piece of work and is suitable for cult status among younger audiences.
Too cool to be too precise, the film is primarily about a visceral experience between the main characters - and the audience. Jessie Wiseman as Milly the catalyst for the mayhem, is the standout performer, her expressive face a constantly changing emotional landscape. She has one of those evocative faces that is not classically beautiful but highly appealing, feminine and strong.
The Mad Max references - to the cars, to Lord Humungus, the apocalyptic scenario - are just frills on the film's vibrating heart.
There are time shifts that might confuse us, but we are in the realm of the slightly crazed.
There is sex and violence, blood and fantasies, all whipped into one hot potato. The title is a tilt at irony, a reference to the street where it all begins.
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BELLFLOWER: DVD (MA15+)
CAST: Evan Glodell, Tyler Dawson, Jessie Wiseman, Rebekah Brandes, Vincent Grashaw, Zack Kraus, Keghan Hurst
PRODUCER: Evan Glodell, Vincent Grashaw, Jonathan Keevil
DIRECTOR: Evan Glodell
SCRIPT: Evan Glodell
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Joel Hodge
EDITOR: Evan Glodell, Vincent Grashaw, Joel Hodge, Jonathan Keevil
MUSIC: Jonathan Keevil
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Team Coatwolf
RUNNING TIME: 106 minutes
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Accent
DVD RELEASE: November 22, 2012