BoXeD: Review

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Artist’s agent Rachel is haunted by the loss of Hope – her sister. As she starts to crack under further pressure from her aggressive client, memories of violence and abuse begin to resurface.

BoXeD is a no-budget Brit thriller from debut writer-director Daniel A Finney. Presented in a lifeless black and white, presumably to give some illusion of artistic gravitas, the film is an ugly and ill-tempered vision of violence and mental illness.



Unlike in Tom Ford’s sophisticated thriller Nocturnal Animals, the art-scene setting is exploited for neither style nor substance in BoXeD, and writer-director Finney seems content to simply string together dingy and repetitive scenes of sweary, shouty misery. The script is appalling, and performances are inescapably amateurish, with actors struggling to bring believability to characters to which they are unsuited to play.

There are shades of early Aronofsky and Nolan influencing its style and narrative unfolding, and the woozy focus and erratic editing do deliver a nightmarish atmosphere, but these devices are executed too poorly and too often, ultimately just becoming an annoyance.

With a runtime of just over 70 minutes, BoXed is at least mercifully short. But even then, by the end of the film it wasn’t just Rachel that was losing Hope.


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