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Sunday, April 19, 2020

UNION BRIDGE Film Review 4/19/2020



"Union Bridge"
VOD Release - May 19th, 2020
3.5 / 5 Stars






I watched the trailer for the upcoming film, "Union Bridge" by Brian Levin and was intrigued. Moody, with a thriller-esque tone to it, I was looking forward to reviewing the entire film.


A former resident of Union Bridge, Maryland returns to his hometown only to discover dark truths about his family and the town he grew up in. Scott Friend (as Will Shipe) leads the cast through this stylistic endeavor.


Also starring Emma Duncan (as Mary Burke), Alex Breaux (as Nick Taylor), and Elisabeth Noone (as Jeanie Shipe), "Union Bridge" showed a lot of unrealized potential. The DOP did an amazing job shooting this film in such a way to bring the viewer firmly into this desolate world.


The tone throughout the film coupled with the acting performances really worked on many levels. I would have liked less non-dialogue scenes as the movie progressed. It's fine for a while to tell a story using images instead of words but at some point, the story needs to be told with dialogue in my opinion.


Scott Friend and Emma Duncan's characters worked very well. The on screen chemistry moved the story forward and kept up my interest in what was going to be revealed at the end of the film.


I believe this is director Brian Levin's first feature length film. He shows a distinct vision in his work with room to grow and expand with his future projects.


"Union Bridge" will be released on VOD on May 19th. Check it out.


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts
Eclecticartszine AT gmail DOT com



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