Watch: ‘Michael & Javier’ is a Tense, Deliberate Descent Held Together By Zip Ties

Why Watch? Commanding acting, a tense monologue and a young man strapped to a chair are at the heart of Marc Thomas’ stellar crime film.

With unblinking camera shots, Javier (Juan Carlos Hernandez) delivers thoughts on fine tailored suits, a terrible childhood event, and how Michael (Devon Goffman) fits into his plans. It’s the kind of stripped down story that makes sweat appear on your brow. It’s as crisp as the way Javier displays his tools – beautifully arranged and brimming with violent anticipation.

What will it cost? Only 24 minutes.

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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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