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The Blue

By Alan Ng | February 3, 2020

Dora becomes that catalyst to break up his isolation. She also becomes the proof that human beings were created to be social creatures. When that catalyst is taken away, the void is not so quickly filled.

I found the ideas and themes from companionship and isolation to be fascinating in The Blue. I like that “lessons” come as revelations to Francois as opposed to rather than some statement, where someone has to sum up the message in a tight package, which many new filmmakers do.

“…has something to say with much-needed insight…”

The Blue is the low-budget indie film that we love at Film Threat. Writer/director Samuel Kihagi tells an interesting story and with a few tweaks here and there can quickly elevate his filmmaking game. The biggest weakness of The Blue is pacing. It’s slow running at an hour, forty minutes. It needs to be shortened without obviously interfering with Francois’ depressed mood. Don’t be afraid to edit and cut more.

The other problem is audio and editing. The ambient sounds can get a little annoying whether dialogue takes place outside or in the echoey dining room. The coverage of Francois and Dora is indicative of this as Dora’s dialogue has loud outdoor noise behind it, and Francois has a quiet indoor sound. Invest in some audio recording equipment.

Samuel Kihagi is well on his way in taking his filmmaking to the next level. Though not perfect, Kihagi has something to say with much-needed insight, and The Blue is just the start of this journey.

The Blue (2020)

Directed and Written: Samuel Kihagi

Starring: Lee Bingham, Kayla Morales, etc.

Movie score: 7/10

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"…sleeping, watching TV, eating, and masturbating to internet porn—the four primary food groups."

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