Web Series review
Written by: Nate Reynolds / Keith Diahn | Directed by: Nate Reynolds / Charlotte Decker | Genre: Crime / Drama
Hovering over the dead body of Lisa (Madison Hodges) is her boyfriend, Jafari (Keith Diahn), who seems to be in a state of shock. It was an accident, is what he tells his best friend Marcus (Lee Arrick Datts) when Marcus stumbles in from outside. As if this situation were not bad enough, Jafari needs help disposing of the body and demands, at gunpoint, that Marcus help. Either help movie the body, or there will be 2 bodies. This is the start of this four-episode limited series, Two-Faced, and from here, things only get more complicated.
As the two load the body into the trunk of a car, they begin their drive and get pulled over. The cop (Zed Cole) lets them go but seems suspicious. We also begin to see the story of what happened between Lisa and Jafari and the jealous rage that made him kill her. His accident. The two finally bury the body but quickly realize that Lisa's phone is missing. Jafari wants it because the phone could tell him who Lisa was cheating on him with. Shortly after all this happens, something really strange takes place. Lisa comes home. She's still alive, and for Marcus and Jafari, the story is just beginning to heat up. Two-Faced has just upped the game considerably, and that's not all. Remember that cop who pulled them over? He's trying to get a warrant because something doesn't seem right.
Two-Faced is an independent web series that to date only has 4 episodes. It says it's a "limited" series, but the show ends on a cliffhanger, so I assume there is more to come. I certainly hope so. As long as you know what this show is when you start watching it you should enjoy it. It's put together well and tells an interesting story, although it is not without its faults. Some of the acting came across as cardboard to me, but it did get better. There's also some strange scenes and plot choices. One scene involves Marcus waking up from a nightmare to find Jafari eating a donut and asking about orange juice. Writing it out doesn't sound strange, but the way the shots were done, a close-up of Jafari eating, it just felt like a weird attempt at comedy and threw off the tone of the show. There were also some strange plot choices, such as Marcus sending Jafari to the store to get first aid. Would that really happen in that situation? And if I were Jafari, I'd come back with a gun... or not come back at all. It just made little sense to me.
But as you can tell from my rating, I still liked this show. It was more than enough to keep me coming back for all 4 episodes. In my opinion, this is what independent filmmaking is all about—telling a story the way you want to tell it. If you are a lover of independent film or web series, you should enjoy Two-Faced as much as I did. Three stars, and thank you for reading.
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