Hack Review

Indie filmmaker Will Link won't make any friends at USC with Hack, a searing and sometimes mean dissection of film school snobbery. Hack is a mockumentary, made Blair Witch style, tracing the creation of a "final project" by our harrowed subject Dennis (Phil Koerber). His movie, Asphyxiation, is intended as a paean to his brother's death while Dennis was a child (by auto-erotic asphyxiation). He worships Jim Jarmusch and refuses to compromise on "his art."

After recruiting a dozen fellow students to produce his film, mishap after mishap occurs, exacerbated by the fact that Dennis, as the movie's title suggests, is a talentless hack. The end product of Asphyxiation is so bad it's painful to watch, and as a film critic who receives countless indie film submissions to review from hopeful filmmakers, it is all too familiar and real.

If Hack had been made with more sophistication (read: Movies shot on videotape look like crap no matter what, people!), its biting humor might have come across a little more assuredly. As it stands, the movie is a solid and dryly funny look at that beast we all know as The Student Film, a little something that will earn Will Link his calling card in Hollywood... along with a stiff door-slam in the face.

Hacks at play.


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Run time: 60 mins

In Theaters: Friday 27th September 2002


Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 7.2 / 10

Cast & Crew



Starring: as Johnny, as Emily Longley, Juliet Landau as Mary Shelley King, as Sheriff Stoker, as Ricky, as Maddy Roth, as 'Q', as J.T. Bates, as Willy, as Mr. Carpenter - First victim, Travis Schuldt as Tim, Mike Wittlin as Mr. Argento, Gabrielle Richens as Sylvia, Richard Comeau as Vincent's Father, Tammy Felice as Maddy's Tough Girlfriend, Jenna Morasca as Samantha, Tim's girlfriend, Suzie Pollard as Hot Coed, Noah Guy as Tatooed Leg Pumper, Teague Cowley as Dismembered Hunter, as Vincent King