About – A political drama between the President of the United States and the First Lady. They’re located in a bunker underground after a nuclear strike breaks out. However, who is holding the truth and who is telling a lie?
Dropkick is a very thought provoking piece of art house film. This film places us in the questionable position for us to rethink our judgement, through history but also through what the media tells us today.
The realism of Dropkick is terrifying but done superbly, the unknown of what could happen with the political tension that is happening today, is seen throughout the film. The tension between the US, Russia and North Korea is something that has been brought to many people’s attention in the last couple of months and Dropkick addresses these issues. This similarity between reality and Dropkick delivers the entertainment tone to the film but also informs us the true realism of what the world is like today.
Dropkick has a great cast, which carries a fabulous portrayal of its characters. The drive from the First Lady (Pippa Winslow) to get the truth from her husband is breath-taking. Pippa truly conveys her character, which sees her blood boiling towards the characters she is interacting with.
This leads onto the President (Nigel Barber) who tries to justify the wrongdoing that he has done to his country, the rest of the world and most importantly his wife. Nigel portrays this role fantastically. You can see the rawness of his performance through his emotions. This is hard to come by within independent films as this technique is performed perfectly, Nigel does this without any fault.
There is a third character involved who has a minor but arguably the most important part of the film. The body guard, Agent Haines (Max Cavenham). His duty is to keep the First Lady and the President safe. Max portrays one of the most important roles within the film and he has delivered, his monotone voice makes the character believable and human. Just as we would imagine a body guard to be, Max has made this a reality.
One of the main positives to come from Dropkick is the lighting within the small proximities of the bunker. With the whole film inside this bunker, the lighting plays a strong part between light and dark sides of the characters. This represents the characters of the light and dark side like good vs evil. As the First Lady being the humble person the light is more on her. Whereas the darker side of the bunker is on the Presidents side.
The camera angles work with the lighting to excel the meaning of the film. With the film been in one location, these two important factors work together to deliver the emotional side of the characters but also the truth behind the character’s actions. By both aspects complimenting each other, it helps the characters to evolve. This helps the audience have the right perception of the situation.
Finally, Dropkick has a very real presence with regards to the narrative and how realistic this film could become a reality. Everything within this production has high potential to be much more, the actual film could be a feature, going into great depths on why this attack happened and why the President is being shady.