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‘388 Arletta Avenue’: Not worth the visit

By Travis WongMovies - 19 December 2012 9:00 AM

‘388 Arletta Avenue’: Not worth the visit

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Rating: 1 star out of 5

Some feature films over stretch their concept, and in this thriller (if you can call it that) what should be a ten minute short film is extended to almost 90 minutes.

Even more irritatingly, by the end of it, you're not even sure why the stalker does what he does, and what you're left with is a head-scratching film that is composed of found footage at the most irritating moments and an utter lack of action.

James (Nick Stahl) finds someone messing with the music on his car CD player and has suspicions that something is up.

His wife, Amy (Mia Kirshner), waves away his suspicions, but when she goes missing James figures that there something is really wrong. He tries to track down his wife even as his paranoia increases.

While Stahl gives a good performance, there is too little to chew on here, and the film just goes down a straight line with few real twists and turns.

James' actions make little sense, other than playing to the stalker's wishes, and there is a lack of suspense in the film.

Some parts of the film use found footage, and one wonders why debut director Randall Cole even bothered with it. ‘388 Arletta Avenue’ is one address not worth checking up on.

‘388 Arletta Avenue’ opens in theatres 20 December 2012