Twin Cities is an indie film/drama that metaphorically and practically demonstrates that those of us who have experienced tragedy or depression have our own ways trying to find inner peace, whether that be in expressionistic writing, drugs, everyday conversation, or religion. Twin Cities is in many ways a modern Greek Tragedy with characters that are hauntingly compelling yet relatable.
The film is written and directed by Dave Ash – still new to film-making but not a director or writer to sleep on. Twin Cities demonstrates many marks of pure genius in its script as well as in Ash’s directing. This is not a perfect film, it’s biggest flaw being the editing but that will be touched on later. However, if you can follow the many threads that this film weaves you will end at a very thought provoking conclusion.
Full disclosure: my initial thoughts on Twin Cities were not positive. The story goes to places that were unexpected and that, frankly, I was not prepared for. Some of the editing choices make the film hard to follow, especially at the beginning. However, after giving myself ample time to digest the content placed before me is when I began to see the genius in the film’s writing and acting.
The way in which this story is told is very gutsy; gutsy in a way that could either make or break the film. It took me a day or two before I really began to understand what Ash was going for. There are some metaphors presented that require deeper level thinking and one big one that suddenly and unexpectedly turns the majority of the movie into one big allegory. It is at this daring moment in the storytelling that some will either appreciate Twin Cities for what it accomplishes with compelling narrative or be turned off completely – labeling the film as “pretentious.” After mulling the film over I admittedly I fall in the camp of admiration. Continue reading “My Review of the Indie Film ‘Twin Cities’”