Eula (Chantelle Han) and Morris (Charles Boyland) are heading out to where they know about a veteran who has hoarded some very valuable truffles and they’re going to steal them. Times are hard for them both and with a baby on the way and not to mention the pandemic, they feel even more desperate than usual.
They find themselves disagreeing with each other before they get there too, with Eula hoping that it will all go smoothly and Morris worrying about the outcome. When they get there, all seems quiet as they would have expected, but suddenly somebody comes out of nowhere and attacks Morris leaving Eula to fight for her life.
Escaping, Eula finds herself wandering in the wilderness and of all the things she thought would go wrong, she never thought she’d be fighting for her life.
Peppergrass is a crime thriller directed by Steven Garbas and Chantelle Han and co-written by Philip Irwin. A premise which sounds very original, utilising the events at the time the movie was filmed, it becomes one of the better lockdown movies.
However, despite the uniqueness of the concept and how it’s seamlessly weaved into real life events, the audience may think that not everything went as planned. This could explain the long periods of time where Eula is by herself, while reminding audiences of films such as The Revenant and Cast Away, it only drags the movie out and slows down the pace. It could be that there were other plans laid in place that had to change during that point, but the audience will never know.
Han does a good job portraying a desperate woman being put very much out of her depth and the audience may believe that with her roles as co-writer and co-director that Peppergrass was a vehicle for her. However, Peppergrass still manages to maintain a good story which doesn’t focus too much on Han’s performance as other passion projects would.
Beautifully shot with a team of talented filmmakers, Peppergrass made it out of the other side of the pandemic intact. Where other lockdown movies failed because of being caught in a panic, Peppergrass shows that competent filmmaking can work even in the worst of conditions.
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