A Necessary Death
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Finally got around to seeing this after wanting to for so long. I saw the trailer before something a few years back and it seemed very interesting but I could never remember the title or what it was completely about. After seeing The Last Exorcism and following Stamm, I came across this again.
I've always enjoyed the mockumentary approach and Stamm does it well using it in both this and the more adequately budgeted, The Last Exorcism. This at times felt very real leaving me to feel uneasy and curious as to how I would react and function in the situation. It's very thought provoking.
The ending was both great and disappointing but only slightly with the latter.
It's best not to go into this film. Saying anything can ruin it.
I have a real soft spot for movies that drop a motherfucker of a question into your lap and don't make any pretense of having the answer. This film wants you to really think about the ethics behind documentary filmmaking, and does so in an extremely intelligent and thought-provoking way. Sure, the plot's rough and everything falls apart (narratively) in the last act, but this is a film with a brain, and that's all that matters.
From the director of "The Last Exorcism," this movie is a mockumentary about a film student who makes a film about the last days of a man's life. Riddled with cancer, the subject prepares to commit suicide, and there's also interpersonal drama that impacts the film and the filmmakers. Though there are points that fall into the trappings of a found footage film, including some rough dialogue patches and forced acting, this offers an interesting look at the subject of suicide. Not as dark as you might expect, it strikes a firm balance between a filmmaker's passion and a suicidal person's emotions.
Raises some interesting ideas about assisted suicide, has good performances, and is generally compelling. The "shocking" ending doesn't hold up upon further reflection, though.