“In the near future, a handful of cities subsist behind a large white wall. These cities hold the last survivors of a fatal virus. Transformed into a child soldier in his youth, both a victim and a vessel of violence, Shawn Kors (James Boss) dreams of a new life. When a war erupts between the controlling militia and a terrorist gang, Shawn gives up the life he’s built to confront the past he never wanted. White Wall is a beautifully-lensed journey of revenge that tests the bonds of brotherhood and reveals an unusual perspective of the world behind the wall.”
Read on for the Blu-ray review, poster and trailer…
White Wall (2010)
Directed by: James Boss
Starring: James Boss, Gary Kohn, Michael Teh, Aurelie Kyinn
WHITE WALL is seemingly meant to be a live-action take on a particular strain of post-apocalyptic Anime. The premise is sound – following a viral bio-catastrophe, the world (?) is reduced to three cities barricaded behind a huge white wall – shades of everything from Romero to Doomsday to Escape from New York to the very history of China, yeah? Sounds promising. Unfortunately, following about twelve pages of barely readable backstory filling the screen for the first 3 or 4 minutes, we get dropped into the middle of an utterly confusing plot that seems more ‘film-school drama’ than post-apocalyptic doomageddon. There is a rambling gang of grown-up orphan ‘brothers’, one of whom is a ‘terrorist’ and the other a hospital janitor, who is inexplicably the best man to work on a cure for the disease, hunt down his mysterious friend, have random knife fights with a dude named Dryden, and any number of other confusing plotlines. From there it devolves into a long, incomprehensible mess of ‘Jeet Kune Do’ inspired fight scenes, stale dialogue, spotty acting and flash editing. The ‘post-apocalyptic’ part of the theme seems non-existent and, while stunning, the Burma locations don’t convince you of a world in collapse when the clothes are new, the faces fresh and scrubbed, and the only way we know the world is in disarray is that people keep saying it over and over again.
There are flashes of genius throughout WHITE WALL, particularly some inspired moments of cinematography from Harris Charalambous (the man behind the lens on DEADGIRL) and parts of the score from Marc Collin of Nouvelle Vague. Gary Kohn and Michael Teh do decent work with their parts, but Boss, as the protagonist, seems alternately lost and bored. Of course, like many lower-budget auteur-driven films, this may just be a case of writer-director-producer-editor-actor-fight coordinator James Boss being so entangled in so many areas of the film that he lost the bigger picture. The seeds are there for a phenomenal high-concept post-apocalyptic saga, but the strands all seem to just wisp off into the ether and leave WHITE WALL feeling like a practice run. If Boss can tighten up his game and focus on the writing, I’d be very interested to see what his future yields. All that being said, doesn;t mean you shouldn’t check out the trailer and decide whether or not to seek it out for yourself…
WHITE WALL is available now on Blu-ray and DVD and features the film plus a 40-minute ‘making-of’ documentary.
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