Directed by Kevin Doherty
Written by Kevin Doherty
Starring Dan Baker-Moor and
Running time 23 minutes
Jogging, its a bit of an obsession for some, but why?? I used to do it, and loved it, but then again that was before the internet was there to remind us just how risky this particular bid for better health is. If you want to live a long happy life you may want to consider another route. Joggers are a dying breed, so to say. You see it on the various real crime tv shows all too often. Either the person was last seen leaving for a brisk run, or they are the guy (gal) getting screen time explaining how they just stumbled upon the lifeless body near their usual path. Which ever it is, its a quick reminder of some of the really great reasons to get a gym membership!
Dan Baker-Moor aka The Jogger is a middle aged man in a bid for better health. He sets about his workout routine only to be side lined. Needing to relieve himself in the most immediate and humiliating sort of ways he finds a public restroom. I'm sure you know the kind, dingy, creepy, and just all around sort of icky. Just as our jogger begins to find the bliss of release, things take a turn from potty humor to spine tingling tension.
The Jogger is such a successful short, everything just works in this one. Kevin did a spectacular job writing a story that is very relate-able. Who among us doesn't hope to be or try to be more fit. Whether pushed by vanity or health issues its something that pretty much all of us hope to attain. Next comes the uncomfortable realization that something is horribly wrong. The gurgling of an unhappy tummy,. the clenching of the bottom, the desperate search for relief... We have all been there at some point. Praying to find private sanctuary for an Imodium moment only to open the door and look upon the horror of the remnants of those that have come before us.... Oh the agony and humiliation of having to bow to the body's needs and step into this very real life horror! Alone in an unfamiliar place seeing to natures dirty business, vulnerable and uncomfortable wondering how things could get worse. The Jogger doesn't leave you pondering
the question for long.
All of these elements work to connect us, in moments, to the story and compel us to watch because we are invested in this character of The Jogger so completely! We're invested because we understand the characters pain. We're invested in minutes because Kevin Doherty did his job wonderfully! He told a story with skill and ease. And he told that story with the help of some balls out committed friends who give this short life thru their various crafts. All combining to create a truly memorable production!
I was also impressed with the fact that although the story felt familiar, the path was not what I expected. Its a much fresher perspective than I assumed going in, like many aspects of this surprising little number.
Another area that is worth mentioning is the music. It shows a level of completeness in thought. Meaning it works well with the story and is in no way an after thought. The music is a great accompaniment to the emotions, flowing with the story never distracting from it.
The film has a nice solid appearance as well. Yes its low budget but low budget doesn't have to look cheap and The Jogger doesn't. No it doesn't gleam with polish either but its easy and fun to watch with some really worthwhile practical FX. I highly recommend that fans check out The Jogger and everything else by Kevin Doherty, and Magic Toaster Productions. They seem to have assembled a very well versed team that puts out some standout projects (another, LIGHTS ,CAMERA, BLOOD!, will be reviewed soon).
Swing on over to their web page, KevinDohertyFilms.ca, for more from this talented troupe, and support Indie!!!