Last Shift

Last Shift ★★★

When just about everything in your film reeks of predictability and roads travelled too often, you're usually in trouble. Last Shift still manages to just get away with it with an uneasy atmosphere and some jarring imagery.

The premise does not do the creative use of the setting justice. You won't be surprised much as the story progresses, always remaining a couple of steps ahead of the protagonist due to the 'been there done that' approach of the plot.

But director DiBlasi manages to get a lot out of this abandoned police station. With clever camera work and outstanding sound design, he manages to conjure up the type of unnerving atmosphere a film like this needs, providing some jump scares that aren't loud and obnoxious like in most horror films.

The biggest strength lies with Harkavay's performance and the way het character was written. She gets that uncertain yet determined demeanor of the rookie cop exactly right. What I really liked was that, even though she's a bit slow in figuring everything out, her character actually acts like a cop and a rational human being most of the time, not automatically turning into the IQ-less characters that usually trot down the corridors of haunted establishments. It is this fact and the fact that Harkavay never lets her character become the weak-kneed, doe eyed female hero, which make her losing grip of reality all the more convincing. And even though DiBlasi wants to make sure that we 'get it' a bit too often, he still manages to steer his film towards a satisfying and somewhat surprising conclusion.

Last Shift was a pleasant surprise and a good example of doing a lot with a little.

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