Presenting us at first with a typical suburban street somewhere in West London, a crime scene then begins to play out in reverse; the clean-up, the removal of the body, the discovery and then finally the shocking incident itself.
Throughout the film, we are drip-fed pieces of evidence, as the action switches between the crime scene and the forensics lab, encouraging us to try and work out what has actually happened. Various theories are elicited, from burglary to murder, car crash to possibly even kidnapping, but nothing can prepare the viewer for the victim`s ultimate fate.
Watching Over, one really does find oneself wondering what on Earth is going on for the first ten minutes. There`s nothing overly thrilling going on, and at times the viewer feels like they are simply watching out of their living room window. Indeed, this mundanity is exactly the effect Threlfall seems to be going for. There`s nothing spectacular in the sleepy suburban setting, and the crime scene images of uniformed officers wandering around are not dissimilar from anything that we see on the news every day. This familiarity is what lulls us into such a false sense of security; nothing can prepare us for the film`s reality, made even more disturbing by the fact that the true events actually took place only a few years ago.
Thought-provoking and deeply moving, Over is an intelligent and shocking piece of film. A wonderful social commentary, reminding us that even amidst our comfortable everyday lives, the tragedies of the wider world can still effect us in some of the most surprising ways.
4 / 5
Dir: Jorn Threlfall
Scr: Jorn Threlfall
Starring: Garvan McGrath, Damian Quinn, Arab Woods, Jim Woods
Prd: Jeremy Bannister
Music: Lennert Busch
Run time: 14mins