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I Sell the Dead

by

Jeff Nelson

...this film doesn't live up to its potential

I Sell the Dead
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At film festivals around the world, there are plenty of independent films that are available for viewing. These films generally focus on character development, writing, and making a genuinely good movie that will take its viewers on a ride the will hopefully never forget.

A 19th-century grave robber facing the guillotine confesses his sins to a priest, telling of his life filled with supernatural quirks. The story itself is an interesting tale that will keep the audience's attention throughout. Each story that is told is entertaining, but not all the dialogue is on the same par as the story. Most of the comedy isn't funny in the slightest.

The cast is fortunately a decent one. Dominic Monaghan (Lost) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) both give performances that the film doesn't deserve. The rest of the actors don't have the same natural charm ad Monaghan and Perlman.

Indie films deserve a break since they don't have the same production values as so many other films. However, some of the CGI placed in I Sell the Dead is absolutely atrocious. Decapitated heads still talking and other unrealistic gags are pitiful and always appear fake.

It's a disappointment that this film doesn't live up to its potential. It could've been fantastic, but dragged itself down. Don't let the awesome plot fool you, this film doesn't have the same quality the story seems to have on paper. I Sell the Dead is a perfect example of a film that began with a great idea, but was executed poorly.

My Rating = Two and One Half Stars

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