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The Brink Of

By Bobby LePire | April 11, 2024

Written and directed by Patrick Meaney, The Brink Of is a drama centered on a two-person band. Lena (Nicolette Norgaard) and James (Tim Hoffmann) went to high school together, though they could not be more different. He was the coolest kid in class, while she was introverted and never spoke up. But, they do discover a shared love of music, singing, and songwriting. So, the two start collaborating, but graduation spells the end of their popular hometown band.

But during their college days, Lena and James reunite and get The Brink Of back together. The six-month tour goes well and lands them a lucrative deal. However, the stress of touring, creating a new album, and personal matters threaten to tear The Brink Of apart before things really get going. Maybe it is the will-they/won’t-they pull of the dynamic between Lena and James or their differing ideas on the direction of the band’s “sound.” Can the friends mend everything and make it to the big time? Or will the musical duo break up before even achieving one-hit-wonder status?

The Brink Of is a dramatic musical romance, and therefore, lives and dies by its leads. Norgaard and Hoffmann, with their undeniable talent and chemistry, bring their characters to life. Norgaard’s transformation from meek to confident when she performs is a sight to behold. Hoffman’s charisma is effortless. The two share electric chemistry, making their almost romance tangible and compelling.

“…the stress of touring, creating a new album, and personal matters threaten to tear The Brink Of apart…”

The central players are surrounded by a fantastic supporting cast, each bringing their unique charm to the film. James Olivas portrays Daniel, Lena’s long-time college boyfriend. He’s endearing and sweet. Julia, the girlfriend of James who joins in on the album creation, is played by Mina Tobias. She is delightfully annoying yet still fun.

Beyond the acting, The Brink Of features a solid screenplay as well. The story isn’t anything new, but the flashback structure creates the needed tension. More importantly, the songs are very memorable and catchy. They all sound like they could be a radio hit.

The Brink Of is a darn good film. The cast is great, and the songs are even better. What more does one need from a dramatic musical romance?

For more information, visit the official The Brink Of site.

The Brink Of (2024)

Directed and Written: Patrick Meaney

Starring: Nicolette Norgaard, Tim Hoffmann, etc.

Movie score: 9/10

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"…the cast is great, and the songs are even better."

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