Review

PLOT: A TV pitch man gets more than he bargains for one night when his career takes an ‘out of this world’ turn.

REVIEW: ‘The Seventeenth Kind’ is a British sci-fi comedy from director Andy Collier. This short film features the acting talents of Tony Curran (‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’, ’24’), Sylvester McCoy (‘Dr. Who’, ‘The Hobbit’), model Lucy Pinder and the voice of acting legend Brian Blessed (‘Flash Gordon’).

Our story begins with actor James (Curran) who has started to believe his own hype as a successful TV pitch man on a late night cable channel and thus begins his descent into a world of drugs and laziness on set. Only when he is approached by the station manager (played by Ralph Brown in a somewhat  ‘Brick Top’, Snatch type manner), does he begin to fear for his job. The manager is keen on moving James to another less popular time-slot in order to replace him with his girlfriend and James’ current  demonstrator Melissa (Pinder). It is only when that day’s product spokesman Rusty (McCoy) arrives, do things take a turn that no one would have expected and provides James with a new venue to showcase his presenting skills.

This is the first film I have seen from the folks at Loose Canon Films and I really enjoyed it. Even with its 30 minute running time, an awful lot was packed in to such a short period without it feeling rushed or like any corners had been cut. All the performances from the leads to the supporting cast were first rate. Tony Curran is clearly having a great time with this role and totally chews up the scenery. His constant switching from a Glaswegian accent to an over the top clichéd salesman is flawless.

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The lovely Lucy Pinder is kept to just one line in the entire movie, but when delivered, makes a huge impact. It is nice to see Ms. Pinder getting more acting roles and even with her limited dialogue here, she played her part to a T and managed to be quite expressive just with body language and was the perfect foil to James.

Of course featuring ‘The Seventh Doctor’ in your sci-fi movie is never a bad idea and Sylvester McCoy plays a bit of an extension of that in his role as Rusty. When he was Doctor Who, he had a sort of ‘sad clown’ persona with a darker nature and never is that more evident than with his performance here. To be honest, the entire film had a sort of Doctor Who/Douglas Adams vibe about it (particularly the 2005 Doctor Who episode ‘Bad Wolf’) and that type of smart dark comedy writing is always welcome.

Overall, ‘The Seventeenth Kind‘ is a fun sci-fi comedy short that is not to be missed.



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