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The Other Side [Import]

Nathan Mobley , Jaimie Alexander , Gregg Bishop    R (Restricted)   DVD
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Samuel North (Nathan Mobley) is skipping his college graduation to get back to the woman he loves, Hanna Thompson (Jaimie Alexander). A cell phone conversation sets up a rendezvous at their favorite spot, but the meeting never takes place. One of Hanna's co-workers tells a little lie to get some jerk to leave her alone, and that sets the jerk on Hanna's trail. As for Sam, he begins the victim of a strange car accident and wakes up in a hospital bed, where he learns that Hanna is missing and that all those strange dreams he had while he was unconscious were memories of time he spent in Hell. The bad news is that Sam was killed by the accident, but the good news is that he has escaped from Hell, which results in more bad news because Hell has sent a trio of demon bounty hunters known as Reapers to fetch him back. So Sam has to find the missing Sarah and avoid the Reapers, aided and abetted not only by Peter (Stephen Caudill), a friend who happens to be a cop, but also Oz (Poncho Hodges) and Malley (Cory Rouse), who have also escaped from Hell and provide the brawn and the comic relief Sam need to get out of this situation alive (depending on how you define "alive").

Writer-director Gregg Bishop supposed made this 2006 film guerilla-style for $15,000 in Atlanta, and by that standard the results are pretty impressive. While watching the film I was wondering why they seemed to always being filming during the day time and not having the money to shoot at night, or on real sets, or with lots of special effects, would pretty much explain it. That being said, it is ironic that "The Other Side" reminded me of "The Matrix," but that would be in regards to the basic situation: guy who thinks he is normal discovers he is in a different "world" where there are sides and strange stuff happening.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sam has to rescue the woman he loves before Reapers drag him back to Hell Oct. 17 2007
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
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Samuel North (Nathan Mobley) is skipping his college graduation to get back to the woman he loves, Hanna Thompson (Jaimie Alexander). A cell phone conversation sets up a rendezvous at their favorite spot, but the meeting never takes place. One of Hanna's co-workers tells a little lie to get some jerk to leave her alone, and that sets the jerk on Hanna's trail. As for Sam, he begins the victim of a strange car accident and wakes up in a hospital bed, where he learns that Hanna is missing and that all those strange dreams he had while he was unconscious were memories of time he spent in Hell. The bad news is that Sam was killed by the accident, but the good news is that he has escaped from Hell, which results in more bad news because Hell has sent a trio of demon bounty hunters known as Reapers to fetch him back. So Sam has to find the missing Sarah and avoid the Reapers, aided and abetted not only by Peter (Stephen Caudill), a friend who happens to be a cop, but also Oz (Poncho Hodges) and Malley (Cory Rouse), who have also escaped from Hell and provide the brawn and the comic relief Sam need to get out of this situation alive (depending on how you define "alive").

Writer-director Gregg Bishop supposed made this 2006 film guerilla-style for $15,000 in Atlanta, and by that standard the results are pretty impressive. While watching the film I was wondering why they seemed to always being filming during the day time and not having the money to shoot at night, or on real sets, or with lots of special effects, would pretty much explain it. That being said, it is ironic that "The Other Side" reminded me of "The Matrix," but that would be in regards to the basic situation: guy who thinks he is normal discovers he is in a different "world" where there are sides and strange stuff happening. Ironically I had watched the pilot for Kevin Smith's "Reapers" on television a couple of weeks ago, and I was a devotee of the Grim Reapers on Dead Like Me, but none of them would stand a chance against Bishop's Reapers. There is a limited amount of blood and gore here, because the emphasis is more on action, which explains why I want to think of "The Other Side" as being much more of a supernatural thriller than a horror film. Plus there is a great little gag involving those Neighborhood Watch signs.

I had some concerns over the basic situation here once the rules of the game were laid out, but I took all of that with a grain of salt because I picked up on the fact that there were clearly things we did not know that would better explaining what is going on. That indeed proves to be the case, but they are not predictable things that you can figure out before they are sprung. What Bishop has going for him in "The Other Side" is that he takes his story and runs with it; things are always moving in this film and that forgives a lot of faults, especially when the cast commits to what they are being asked to do. I admire the effort more than I enjoyed the results, but there is much to be said for a film where the problem is the production's lack of money rather than a lack of brains by the people controlling the creative process. When you think of all the low-budget dreck you have seen in your life, especially in the horror genre, this little independent film helps restore your faith that there are people out there who can do a lot with a little.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Indie Thriller Sept. 8 2007
By MattW - Published on Amazon.com
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Though this definitely could have benefitted from a bigger budget, more experienced actors, and a little more polish on the editing and directing sides, this is a solid effort offering up some fun action and a clever storyline. Infused with some genuinely funny moments, an impressive score, and some startling violence, this is an action thriller that doubles as a mystery with a supernatural twist. In summary, an impressive little film, an interesting find, and I applaud everyone involved; they clearly put a lot of energy and artistry into this, and it pays off.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars impressive theological thriller -- buy it cheaper April 9 2013
By Thomas M. Sipos - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, if you want THE OTHER SIDE, you can get it "cheaper" as part of the Fright Fest package - 12 horror movies for about the same price. So you get THE OTHER SIDE, plus 11 other films.

THE OTHER SIDE is not quite a horror film. It's more of a theological thriller/action film. A young man escapes from Hell, along with others. Back on Earth, they are hunted by "reapers" -- kick-ass demons who seek to return them to Hell.

There are three "Reaper" demons. Two men who dress retro -- trench coats and black fedoras. And a young goth chick who is your typical Lara Croft/Resident Evil leather-clad, kick-ass femme soldier. (She was poorly cast in this film -- the actress is petite, and the role calls for a tall, Amazonian, bodybuilder type woman).

Even so, the entire cast performs competently. That's rare for a low-budget film. (The filmmaker claims it cost $15,000, but it looks way more expensive -- of course, filmmakers often lie about budgets, so who knows if it's true in this case?)

THE OTHER SIDE has some very impressive stunts and martial arts for a low-budgeter, especially several falls from balconies -- including one in which the guy lands in the back of a moving pickup truck.

The script is well-plotted, with some nice twists and turns, some unexpected.

This is not a scary horror film, but an action-packed theological thriller. The escapees from Hell must redeem themselves while back on Earth before the Reapers inevitably kill them. If they do, they go to Heaven when they die again. If they don't, it's back to Hell.

Why did this young escapee -- who seems like a nice guy -- end up in Hell? That's one of the film's surprises.

An enjoyable film, impressive stunts and effects, good story and themes, and a competent cast.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BOUNTY HUNTERS FROM HELL June 6 2010
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
If someone who is spiritual wanted to create a horror movie, this would be it. Apparently coming back to life from the dead is quite common. What I don't understand is how the body regenerates once you escape hell and climb back into it. How is it that it is only young people at the funeral home? How is it that dead women all wear tight black pants with spiked boots? Are they all skilled in martial arts?

The chase scenes had a "Terminator" quality to them. The movie was too complex for what they were trying to do. Coming back from the dead and trying to avoid the Reapers is movie enough, but they added a twist in a dead, now alive, guy's (Sam) missing girlfriend. If that wasn't enough, they blindside you with an incredible plot twist, involving his brother, the dead girlfriend, and a once dead oriental man, who apparently has eluded the reaper for quite some time now.

This is a low budget film. Normally I judge low budget film the same as a $200 million dollar film. In this case I thought this film was worth the view so you can see the quality film $15,000 can get you. The script needed some tightening up, but I liked the concept.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Other Side" is best indie movie I've ever seen! Aug. 2 2007
By Charlie Dublin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Saw this movie "The Other Side" at the Waterfront Film Festival, and it was really really good. The movie has a cool premiese, and I enjoyed the roller coaster action thrills all the way to the end. The writer and director Gregg Bishop is an inspired young filmmaker and I'm looking forward to his next effort. This cast of newcomers was a real discovery, especially the leading man Nathan Mobley. He's sort of reminds me of Matt Damon in the first Bourne Identity movie. The beautiful Jaimie Alexander from "Kyle XY" is the leading lady. And Mobley's sidekick played by Cory Rouse stands out too as a wise cracking trouble maker. This one's definately worth seeing and buying for your collection.
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