VIFF 2015: Borealis takes on too much

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      Borealis (Canada)  

      By and large, English-Canadian filmmakers need to hear one thing: if you don’t have a budget, don’t try so damn hard!

      In the details and the casting, directing veteran Sean Garrity does a lot of things right, as a gambling-addicted loser (Jonas Chernik, who also wrote this) attempts to take his teenage daughter (the excellent Joey King) on a road trip before she goes blind.

      They should have left it at that. Instead, there are mildly comical chase scenes, with Kevin Pollak as a mobster after Dad for the money he owes, and lots of faux-proletarian setbacks that keep getting in the way of the human drama that occasionally threatens to push through the half-baked “entertainment”.

       

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