Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 18th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2008
Director: Mitchell Reichler
Writer: Charles Casillo
Cast: Charles Casillo, Dana Perry, Ian Tomaschik, Paul Coughlan, Ian MacRae
DVD released: January 4th, 2010
Approximate running time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Breaking Glass Pictures
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $21.99
Synopsis: Haunted by visions of murders that have occurred and have yet to happen. A young man named Mario uses his unique gift to track down a killer before they claim their next victim.
Let Me Die Quietly is a intricately laid out thriller that does a superb job keeping the killers’ indemnity in the shadows. Until tell the most optimal moment. The plot revolves a young man named Mario, who since childhood has been plagued with psychic visions often rooted in death. In between these visions and routine visits to a psychiatrist. The film introduces a love interest for Mario, a woman named Gabrielle who also happens to have psychic visions. To divulge anymore about the plot or the evolution of Mario and Gabrielle’s relationship. This would lessen the overall impact of the film’s finale. From a pacing standpoint the film is a slow burn. That lets everything build to boil before its settles in.
Visually the film at times has a ‘in the moment’ documentary feel to it. The one area where the visuals do take some time to get used to. Is the schizophrenic visual style employed for the psychic visions. The most surprising aspect of this production are the performance from its two leads Charles Casillo in the role of Mario (he also wrote the film’s screenplay) and Dana Perry in the role of Gabrielle. They both give multilayered performances are engaging and convincing. With the scenes in which their characters interacting being the most compelling to watch. Ultimately Let Me Die Quietly is a riveting thriller that lulls you into its web of deceit.
The DVD-R sent for this review has a constant water mark and it is most definitely not representative of the final product. So commenting on the audio / video presentation would be pointless. No extras or menu were included with the screener which I was sent. Extras that are supposed to be on the final release DVD for this film are as follows, the film’s theatrical trailer, video of the Los Angeles Preimere and a interview with writer/actor Charles Casillo.