DON’T YOU RECOGNIZE ME REVIEWED
“Don’t You Recognize Me” has a point in the film that broke me. Much like films ranging from “Man of Steel” to “Sex and the City 2”, there was a single moment that ruined the film for me. Delving into spoilers, I’ll toss it out there. A great deal of this film deals with a filmmaker getting kidnapped while trying to make a found footage/day-in-the-life documentary. What do his abductors do? Well, they show him their found footage/evidence of his misdoings. Yeah, the major pow of the film is violent people having a creative workshop.
The rest of the film delves into the concept of the noble gangster. But, I can’t get past the microbudget nature of the film using a film swap as a major piece of the movie. If you dig this sort of thing, then check it out. One time is enough for me.
- Two short films
- Director’s Commentary
- Pod Cast Discussion
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 2.0
RELEASE DATE: 6/27/17
Video - 88%
Audio - 87%
Supplemental Material - 89%
Film Score - 83%
The Plot Thus Far
Tony (Matthew Toman) is a documentary filmmaker who's always on the lookout for interesting subjects, especially people who haven't had things go so well in life. Following an online appeal for fresh subjects, Tony has been contacted by young man K (Jason Sherlock) - a loose cannon who lives in a rundown Dublin project. Along with cameraman Jamie and sound recorder Louise, Tony sets off by car to meet K and film the first of a projected reality series entitled "A Day in the Life Of". The neighborhood is unwelcoming, but Tony and his small crew seem somewhat more at ease upon meeting the affable K. He leads them into his flat and introduces them to his meathead pal Nathan and his demure girlfriend. A few moments later he takes Tony to a flat two doors down and ... introduces him to his other girlfriend! The tone shifts when Tony quizzes K about his upbringing. We learn that K's dad was a locally renowned criminal, respected and feared by many up until his death by shooting. K has since taken on his absent role to some extent, especially since the more recent murder of one of his brothers - something he still grieves over. Following K and Nathan as they go about their business around the flats, Tony and friends quickly become aware of shady goings-on: K pinning a lad against a wall and demanding money, for example. A rogue, certainly - and perhaps not such a harmless one after all. Nervous now, the filmmakers continue to follow K and Nathan, who promise "a nice little surprise" for their visitors. They take them to a warehouse and introduce K's big brother, the decidedly dubious Daz (Darren Travers) and a small group of miscreants including Goth chick Zoe who has a video camera of her own. Daz explains that, when they heard someone was going to make a documentary about K, they thought they'd help out and film events from another angle. Things are getting weird for Tony, but they will soon get much worse! The intense mood soon turns shockingly violent.