Written by: Matt Molgaard
Directed by: Mickey Keating
Cast: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, James Landry Hébert
Carnage Park feels like schizophrenic got together with bi-polar and made a baby they named Carnage Park. There are so many different and strange ideas being exercised here it’s hard to pin down one to cling to. Seriously, there’s a ton of weird stuff happening, and together it just seems to generate a wildly murky story with a few cool visuals and a handful of WTF moments.
We’ve got a broad being held against her will, we’ve got a couple of low life crooks, a sharpshooter in the desert hills. And, somehow that’s all supposed to amalgamate and keep us engaged in one single story.
To tell you the truth, 45 minutes in and I felt utterly lost, even if I did enjoy a number of sequences.
Don’t take my mixed feelings on the film as a sign that there’s absolutely nothing worth seeing here, because there is. Healey and Bell impress, and, fact be told, I really dig Mac Fisken’s cinematography. The viewer is treated to a Quentin Tarantinoesque non-linear narrative, which makes things interesting, from time to time. Fisken knows how to make an image really work and director Mickey Keating is able to turn that disordered vibe into a handful of intriguing moments. Again, the performances from the primary duo of the film, Ashley Bell and Pat Healy, are respectable. That’s not where things went wrong.
Things went wrong for this movie the moment that no one working on story ideas or drafts of the screenplay stopped and said, hey man this doesn’t make much sense, and we could really turn away viewers with something this hazy. Apparently that moment never came up, as the final product feels far from a cohesive story.
So in the end you’ve got a film that looks pretty good and offers solid performances. You’ll likely get the basic gist of the film, but you’re going to need to pay close attention to this one, because if you miss one turn, you may as well call it a wrap – the whole damn thing will get away from you.