The Beta Test


Horror / Thriller

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Reviewed by nogodnomasters 5 / 10

Pretending to be you

Jordan Hines (Jim Cummings) is Hollywood agent with delusions of grandeur. He has an annoying outgoing "Jim Carrey" personality. He is engaged and the wedding is set for 6 weeks. While annoying workmates and clients, he get a fancy purple envelope with gold embossing in the mail. It is a form about his sexual preferences. His second envelope pairs him up for his affair, where both parties wear blindfolds. He knows he messed up and asks a friend to help him.

"Eyes Wide Shut" was infinity better. The plot spoiler is that someone has harvested data on him and is using it to set up affairs. Our protagonist was not someone I wanted to see succeed which made watching the film a let down. I liked the first half of the film more than the second half.

Guide: F-word. Brief sex and nudity.

Reviewed by CinemaSerf 6 / 10

The fidelity test...

Jim Cummings sure pulls out all the stops for his almost frenetic performance as "Jordan" - a media executive about to marry long-term girlfriend "Caroline" (Virigina Newcombe). Trying to juggle the wedding arrangements whilst winning a lucrative new contact for his business is taking it's strain on a man of whom, it might reasonably be said, has only a modest grasp on things! A purple envelope arrives, offering him a night of passion with a stranger. He throws it away, but the premiss gets under his skin and he succumbs for a blind-folded experience to remember. Thing is - he can't forget her and is soon trying to find out more about his enigmatic hostess. It's becoming an obsession that could jeopardise everything he holds dear. Cummings is on great form, certainly, but sadly the rest of it all just fell by the wayside a little. To me, it was always reasonably obvious whom the mysterious lady actually was, and "Jordan" is actually quite an odious, unlikeable character that I quickly took against. Whilst maybe that shouldn't have prejudiced my view of the rest of the film, I found I just didn't like him, nor what he stood for either as a husband (to be) or as a rather smarmy, bullish**ter of a business man and so my interest started to wane quite rapidly. He wrote and directed this with co-star PJ McCabe ("PJ") so perhaps an objective set of eyeballs on the whole operation might have given it more depth - padded out the other characters a bit more, rather than just presenting us with as series of powerful, increasingly expletive-laden, monologues from the star that though potent in the beginning, became a little relentless and repetitive as the plot developed. They have also taken a pretty oblique look at just how little we know about the data we inadvertently provide when using the internet, or about the even less we know about how that data is extrapolated and exploited - but that is almost incidental to the "who was the woman?" element that drives the story. It's short and compact, with an end-to-end performance that is to be commended in isolation. The story itself is, however, much less remarkable.

Reviewed by ferguson-6 6 / 10

a smiley jerk

Greetings again from the darkness. Writer-director-editor-actor Jim Cummings' 2018 film THUNDER ROAD was quite popular on the festival circuit, and Cummings is back with another story of a stressed out man ... at a time when the world doesn't much care about stressed out men, especially those who carry themselves with a heavy dose of self-importance. Cummings and co-writer, co-director, and co-star PJ McCabe have delivered a satire on traditional Hollywood in the shape of a whodunit with dark comedy that teeters into thriller territory.

Cummings stars as Jordan Hines, a high-octane Hollywood agent who talks as quickly and incessantly as he smiles, and neither are sincere. Jordan is an unlikable guy who belittles the support staff and mostly patronizes his fiancé Caroline (Virginia Newcomb, THE DEATH OF DICK LONG, 2019), while kissing the proverbial tushes of prospective clients. One day a mysterious elegant purple envelope shows up in Jordan's mail. It's an invitation to meet up with an admirer for anonymous, no-strings attached sex (as if that's even possible when someone has targeted you). He initially trashes the envelope, before reconsidering.

After the encounter, Jordan's personality becomes unhinged and his world begins to crumble. He wants to know who the woman was and why he was chosen. His desperate obsession with locating the mystery woman means his work suffers, as does his relationship with Caroline. Jordan's fantasy has turned into a nightmare that causes him to see and hear things - and he's unable to discern his visions from reality. This fast-talking agent teeters between viable and obsolete, and an "I'm so excited" montage fits perfectly into the persona of a man who lacks sincerity, doesn't know himself, and is oblivious to the needs of others.

There are some comparisons here to Jeremy Piven's character in "Entourage" and Patrick Bateman/Christian Bale in AMERICAN PSYCHO, but Cummings make the character his own. The comedy is dark and satirical, but the film never seems sure of itself as it bounds between erotic thriller (with very little eroticism), a 'who is she' mystery, and commentary on how a certain type of individual is no longer welcome in a post-Harvey proper society.

The opening sequence is no slow start, as it features a brutally violent murder - an incident that doesn't find its place until near the end of the film. Also included here is cautionary tale on the dark web, and the dangers of social media and the internet, although this feels like an add-on, rather than a fully developed sub-plot. Virginia Newcomb does get to deliver the film's best line, "I'm not insulting you. I'm describing you". Also giving the story a contemporary feel is the emphasis on packaging deals, which is a relevant topic in the ongoing discussions with industry unions. There is a lot tossed in here, and some parts work better than others.

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