Before I Die (2016) (DVD Review)
Directed By: The Brothers Freeman
Starring: Robert McKeehen, Michael J. Prosser, Nouel Riel
Rated: UR/Region: 0/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Parade Deck Films
Strange spiritual obsessions begin to unearth age-old secrets in a small Northwest town, leading a pastor to suspect that all might not be as idyllic as he first imagined and personal threats await anyone who dares confront them.
Well, not every indie horror flick you run across will set the world on fire! Sometimes they can just be solid and leave it at that. Before I Die clearly has some issues. It tells the tale of a new preacher taking over a church and the apparent strange baggage that comes with it. He first runs into a girl who may or may not be possessed by something and then it spirals out of control into murder and finally a reason why soo many people in the church are acting soo darn nutty. Some stuff gets a good explanation while other don’t get that courtesy. To the movie’s credit, it does build up a mystery that you want to see play out. You kind of have no idea who’s behind what and who to trust and things do come to a head in the final act even if more than a few things just don’t seem to make the most sense then. Some stuff wraps nicely and other things just felt left out or ignored. I guess what I’m trying to say is the movie is a mixed bag. Some parts are a bit slow moving, but not by much. There isn’t much in the way of blood as this is a movie putting all its eggs in the plot basket. And don’t get me wrong, the plot is good. Just uneven a bit.
The religious stuff is played up a bit in this one and I’m happy that it isn’t a movie designed that way to just throw shade at someone’s beliefs. The movie, like in real life, has good and bad on both sides of the fence. I don’t know everyone’s experience before this film that has a role in it, but you can sort of tell some folks seem a lot more comfortable in front of the camera than others do. It makes for some uneven performance levels in the acting department, but I’ve never once gone into an indie film expecting to want to hand someone an Oscar award after. So, that doesn’t really bother me that much. You just can’t help but notice it in spots. When all is said and done, Before I Die, isn’t anything too special, but it is an alright watch at least once. I probably will never pop it in my DVD player again, but all things considered, it could have been a whole lot worse.
– Audio Commentary with Author Dale Freeman
– Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery