The Razing (2022) is a story about a tradition night that descends into deadly chaos when a group of estranged friends decide to reunite, only to witness things spiral out of control as the past begins to interfere with the present.
This unsolicited mystery thriller is dedicated to seeking unwarranted retribution as an implication of an unspoken event that happened once in the past and sets you up in a confusing environment that is not the reality you think it is. Obsessed with being an oneiric structure, both in its composition and in its narrative, it is far from being a sophisticated mystery thriller with the chills of uncomfortable horror. She has a complex story on her hands, but unfortunately for her, the complex part is deciphering the sharp point of this unresolved script, lacking both determination and conviction. It never gets to where you want it to be, as there are possibly at least clues available within the script presented in an uncharacterized way, devoid of any information at its helm that is forever at a dead end, where time has stopped. The seriousness of this goes without saying, as he never truly expresses himself about what the environment is that he is trying to base himself on. The dialogues are possibly the worst part, as they take away a lot of curiosity regarding the answers to questions about the nature of events and what the future holds in this strange fiasco, which promises to be unpredictable.
The self-imposed setting and context are never natural, leaving us with possibly more questions than answers in this monotonous script that makes no attempt at clarity of any kind. The conflicted past is well embedded in its realm that uses mirror reflection as a means of envisioning what once happened, and to its credit creatively seeps into the plot, but the lack of concrete distinction and superficial conversation take away from the little Hope giving as the reality of the night draws near.
The forced relationships between the characters are something that would make no sense, even in their randomness. Failure to build chemistry between love interests, as shown in both flashbacks and present events, leads to a chronic case of character-building helplessness. The relationships, in general, don’t strike the right chords as the cast seems too big, with some characters seemingly becoming invisible in the crowd, while others fail to make a mark.
It makes its way through most of the portions towards the long-awaited final act that happens, but not in the way you’d expect. He plays his hand for too long and the accumulation is ineffective due to the lack of signals at different intervals, full of empty words. Because of this, there is the expectation of an epic climax that seeks to make up for and justify the events so far, but sadly it just doesn’t happen and it quickly switches from one conspiracy to another.
It’s a shame that things turn out like this while the narrative remains flat and underdeveloped. For a movie that is 95% shot in one location, it has an interesting use of a special setting, though it is severely lacking in context in its arrangement. The editing turns out to be the most consistent part of this bumpy ride, which is otherwise a shallow imitation of a symbolic horror thriller that could have been so much better.
movie name: The Razing (Mystery, Horror, Suspense)
Release date: September 27, 2022 VOD/Digital
directors: J. Arcane and Paul Erskine
Writer: J. Arcane
stars: Dexter Farren Haagx, Dawson Mullen, Jack Wooton and more
Reviewed By – Devyansh Anand
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