Written by: Thomas L. Phillips
Directed by: Thomas L. Phillips
Starring: Sasha Ramos, Erin Cline, Emily Rogers, Anthony Rutowicz, Joe Coffey, Chris Greene, Catherine Trail, Julianna Pitt, John Lucas
Synopsis: Sex, drums, tequila, social networking, a pirate, morning after pills, Jesus, and a gun. It's one hot mess.
Being a lower budget film with a quote on the DVD cover that read "Clerks meets Scream", this movie boasts quite a lot. With a quote like that, it's bound to catch an eye. You had better back it up, otherwise you're running the risk of tarnishing any credibility you've got.
Thankfully Sanctuary brings elements from both. College student Mimi (Ramos), is living a carefree existence. This is apparent moments into the movie where she is having sex with her fifty-something year old neighbor Marc (Lucas) who is overweight, wears an eye patch and becomes the butt end of jokes after being ridiculed and kicked to the curb for not being able to perform. Best friend Tab (Cline) shows up and the two decide to throw a party later while Mimi's parents are out. Tab's boyfriend Sean (Greene), his friend and possible suitor for Mimi, Dutch (Coffey) show up as well as Mimi's sister Kylene (Rogers) and her bible thumping boyfriend (Rutowicz). Good times are being had when Marc shows up with a gun demanding Mimi to admit to ridiculing him, ending this sequence with shooting himself in the head. From there, things spin into a chaotic mess.
Despite the opening scene being unlikely and unbelievable, the movie picks up and is at least entertaining through out. I was waiting for the reference of "Clerks meets Scream" and it's delivered by way of quick dialogue between the cast. It lacked the charm of Kevin Smith's script, but is reminiscent of it. The Scream reference, well I don't want to spell it out as it's a spoiler.
The movie does have a pitfall though, and that's where some stupid decisions are made, blatantly and obvious... and that causes you to sever ties with any connection you were trying to make with the characters. Also, how often does a hot girl sleep with an overweight guy with an eye patch? Funny scenario, (especially what happens afterwards) but you sort of detach yourself there due to it not being realistic.
If you over look the flaws though, in whole, Sanctuary is fun. It's fast paced. The boundaries set by the films budget make it rely on the script and the acting. It's no Ron Howard movie, but it carries itself. The cast is sexy and with so much going on, the other plot points keep your interest.
Give it a watch. If not for the eye candy, then at least for the amusement of what young and clueless people would do in a shit situation. It's worth it.