DVD Review - Drink Me
Darren Munn stars as Andy and Emmett Friel co-stars as James. Andy and James live together in London. They shower together. They go out walking hand-in-hand and at night they have sex, often falling asleep stark naked. They work separately, but both have jobs requiring them to dress like they just stepped out a GQ magazine.
One day, on their anniversary, James gets down on his knees and proposes marriage. Andy confesses that he lost his job. When money becomes tight, James suggests that they get a lodger or someone to rent a room in their house. Andy is apprehensive, but eventually they bring in a lodger to help them financially.
Obviously, the boys find Sebastian to be very sexy. He begins to flirt with both Andy and James individually. Arguably, he begins to seduce them, driving a wedge between the two of them. However, Andy sees a blood-stained hoodie in Sebastian's laundry and he sees a poster for a missing man, so he suspects that Sebastian is possibly a danger.
In terms of plot, that's it. There are no twists. There is no further mystery. There's also no further development. Mansfield just uses this vague horror-plot to hang soft-core pornography mixed with a literal blood-lust. On its surface, it wants to be an examination of this same-sex relationship, but, on the surface is where it remains.
Mansfield has a lot of male, full-frontal nudity from all three of the actors. A lot of it is gratutious. Many of it is in the shower, or in bed during graphic sexuality, so it's not unreasonable. There's so much of it that it almost becomes like Stranger By the Lake (2014) where the sight of genitalia ceases to be a distraction or focus, but Mansfield's camera angles, which are often Dutch or tilted, intentionally want to draw one's eyes to the distraction.
It's not as scary as one would hope. Stranger By the Lake is scarier because you feel the threat. The murderer is clearly established. In this movie, the murderer is never even confirmed. We assume Sebastian is a bad guy, but it's confusing if Sebastian is even killing people.
Two Stars out of Five.
Not Rated but borderline pornographic.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 14 mins.
|Darren Munn as Andy|
|Chris Ellis Stanton as Sebastian|
|Emmett Friel as James|