Numb starring Jamie Bamber and Stefanie von Pfetten – Review
Numb will be out on Digital Download from 13th November, so we took a look at the movie that tells the tale of husband and wife, Will (Jamie Bamber: Battlestar Galactica) and Dawn (Stefanie von Pfetten: The Man in the High Castle), are in financial crisis after learning the job Will was counting on to salvage their financial future has disappeared in the midst of a market collapse.
They set out to drive home on the winter highway back to their city, and in a moment of altruism, pick up siblings Lee (Aleks Paunovic: Van Helsing) and Cheryl (Marie Avgeropoulos: The Inbetweeners, The 100), a pair of hitchhikers on their way to start a new life. In the midst of the night, they nearly collide with an old man wandering on the snowy highway, hypothermic and horrifically frostbitten.
While searching for his ID they discover a wad of cash, a hand-drawn map with GPS coordinates, and a single gold coin inside his coat. Will and Dawn reluctantly go along with Lee’s plan to report him to the police as a John Doe and pocket the money. In an attempt to save their financial struggles, all four venture off into the snowy wilderness in search of the buried gold, but will they survive what is out there…
What we have with this movie is a “what if” situation, the characters are driven by not so much greed, but for a need to survive in the cold wilderness while looking for a fortune to make life so much easier than what it currently is, but as with most stories such as this things can and do go very wrong.
Numb is a powerful drama, that shows the aspects of human nature for survival and for the need to have a much better easier, financial, life. The film is shot well and the cast is a good choice for the genre of the movie, the atmospheric music certainly helps with feel that the movie portrays after the initial start, the scenery in the film also shows the vastness that the four lead characters have to fight through to find that pot of gold to make life easier.
The cinematography and lighting of the film look brilliant, my only problem with “Numb” is that after the first hour, the movie tends to drag its feet a little, there are lots of shouting between the characters and I was at the point thinking, just find what you’re looking for and get on with it, I also found myself more focused on the scenery than the cast! Don’t get me wrong the film is nicely put together, but it just seems to lack a little something that I couldn’t put my finger on, I enjoyed watching it, but it could have been a little shorter, maybe the film could have worked as a 1 hour short!
Numb, is available to watch on Digital Download from 13th November.