Title: Reservedekk

Also known as:
Spare Tyre (English title)

Year: 2011

Genre: Short / Independent / Splatter / Comedy

Language: Norwegian

Runtime: 21 min

Director: Kenny Wang

Writer: Kenny Wang

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2008615/

John's car ride quickly comes to an end when he gets a flat tire, but when he steps out of the car and goes to the trunk of the car we meet his girlfriend: a tied-up blonde. At first she seems like a victim, but when a friendly soul stops to help out it the two of them work together to kill him off.

Our thoughts:
My review for "Reservedekk" wasn't originally a long one, but then I went on and on about some things. And then I revised it, twice, because the review was written by a very tired Ronny. I have rewritten it to make more sense of my opinion, as I realized it wasn't clear what I thought outside of the violence. The only real point to the film is to be violent, though, or at least that's how I see it. There is some work put to the plot but overall it just never gets across as more than "a violent film". Some extremely entertaining films have been made out of the urge to make over-the-top splatter and that alone, so it's fine when done right. It's also always been up to the indie scene to deliver these films.

"Reservedekk" is essentially a revenge story. At times it comes off as pure nonsense, just to get on with the violence, even if that's not the case. John gets a flat tire on his car. He stops and goes to the trunk, there we have a blonde girl, tied. Someone stops to help and he tells her not to make a sound. When the helping hand is about to kill John it is revealed that the tied-up girl is on John's side, it was all just some messed up game. They beat up the guy and then fuck next to him. It all ends with his body being cut apart with a chainsaw. Then it ends. Kinda. It goes to some weird interview with the man they kill, showing how puts out nails to get cars to stop.

There are some thoughts put into it to make it all fit together, and it does fit together to some extent. It's not just random nonsense story-wise, but at the end of the day it doesn't really matter because what the movie focuses on is the violence, that's the only reason you are watching this to begin with. What I could get out of the back stort was (and I'm sure I have missed something because of the language barrier) basicly that the "helper"/the guy who puts out nails, has had run-ins with the woman before, having kept her hostage, turning "Reservedekk" into a sort of revenge story. The back story is added through showing short clips. But overall, it might justify the actions, but I don't think that it came off as a focus point. It still only came out as a reason to be able to make the gory pay-off, and with that in mind its goal is still to deliver violence.

You can't watch this and be impressed with the story because the story just isn't impressive. I don't mean that it's bad, but there's just not enough effort put into delivering it. I'm sure the ideas are great and work perfectly, but it's just not presented well. I feel like I am repeating myself, but hell, the back cover even states that the genre is "violence". But is violence all that a violent movie needs to be what it should be? Weird sentence, I know. But no, I don't think that the back story along with the violence was enough for this movie to be great. The splatter films that became important parts of independent film history were all unique in one way or another. They were extremely entertaining movies, and unusually creative. "Reservedekk" rides on the success of the popularity of the previous era, just like most movies do nowadays, and that's not something that will make the movie memorable. Sure, the chainsaw scene has some alright gore and it's a short film that you probably won't have time to get bored by, but to me something important was missing to make it unique.

The look of the movie can be seen as an attempt to bring out the vibrant colors of some of the old movies but I have never been a fan of independent films having an orange/yellow tone to them. It just doesn't look good, it just looks like they couldn't handle the camera correctly. But I also understand that it's very possible that this was a conscious move by the filmmakers and I'll just have to respect that. It is still a look that has been done in old movies and if that's what was attempted, then so be it.

I don't think my bad critique is a reason to skip "Reservedekk". It's just a minute over 20 minutes and there are a lot of worse films out there that you should skip instead. The movie isn't unique or very impressive, since it's pretty much just made for that one violent scene, but you could have fun with it. There is a plot to it, there is a back story, but it's still all about that short revenge. Great movie? No. Good violence? Pretty good, yeah. The violence could've looked a lot worse than it did too.

Positive things:
- The violence was alright.
- Shows potential.
- Nice boobies!

Negative things:
- Not unique enough to make a lasting impression on me.
- Somewhere between nonsense and an homage, and I can't say it thrills me too much, even though the filmmakers wanted it to be more than that.
- Because the story didn't intrigue me, I didn't really like the interview towards the end.

Gore: 3/5
Nudity: 1.5/5
Story: 1/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 1.5/5

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