8 Minutes Idle (2012)
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Critic Reviews for 8 Minutes Idle
Once Lombard starts throwing stilettos, you know it's time to get off the line.
Occasionally this film looks as if it has achieved the movie equivalent of John Peel's legendary 45-played-at-33 mistake. It is a shame, because there is a real creative intelligence behind it.
Director Mark Simon Hewis has a good eye, but his ear for material is way off.
In its favour, there's a whimsical sense of humour which means you're never far from an unexpected smile; but otherwise the central romance is lukewarm.
Hewis's film captures the inconsequential nature of nine-to-five desk jockeying, while the Bristol backdrop lends it plenty of character.
British filmmaker Martin Simon Hewis uses dark humour and visual trickery to overcome what is clearly a very small budget. Even if the comedy feels low-key and uneven, it continually catches us off-guard with inventive touches bringing out deeper themes.
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