Review: Hurricane

Set in the 1950s as the Red Scare gripped America for the second time, a dark comedy about a husband and wife’s encounter with a suspected communist. Written and directed by Christiano Dias and starring: Corey Page, Lisa Roumain and David Jay.

As the film opens on a classic dinner between man and wife it immediately feels familiar, the traditional roles in marriage and strained tensions, within a few seconds the scene is set. Then as each shot moves around the room to different items and back to the actors, it leaps out at you how perfect the setting is, the attention to detail for the period is outstanding and within a minute has already added a great amount of quality, before the story even begins. Things start off simply enough, a somewhat pleasant dinner, teeming with the classic tension and resentment of married couple’s in the 1950s, well past the honeymoon or post-war euphoria stage. Page and Roumain make a fitting couple, the tension feels real and the way they present themselves reflects the era which is fairly impressive, it’s another great example of attention to detail; but they also play on the affection that’s under the surface, hidden under a layer of distaste and time but it’s there.

Then thing’s get interesting, the communist paranoia begins to seep into the conversation and slowly takes over, they’re moments where you don’t know whether to laugh or to join in on the suspicion, so you do both because it’s extremely well written. As that paranoia spins out of control once stranger Benjamin Shaw (Jay) arrives at their door, the film just gets stronger, it perfectly rides the line of both dark comedy and drama, it comes close to even being part thriller. A brilliant element of the film is that the paranoia and events that take place, don’t feel forced or unrealistic, they genuinely come across as something that could happen to a couple in the 1950s America, burdened by McCarthyism and anti-communist propaganda, it is entirely possible that this could have happened, to suspect a perfect stranger of being a spy.

Hurricane is clever, funny, dark and tense, it’s well written, directed and edited; the set and entire visual of the film is perfect. It’s not entirely surprising if you take a look at writer, director Dias’ IMDB page, that this is in fact his 19th short film, the style and quality of the film definitely reflects that.

Verdict: 9/10

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