BLACKWELL SUMMERS MYSTERY, 12min., USA, Action/Crime
Directed by Emily Dell
Revolves around the detective agency of Grace Blackwell and Raven Summers. A feisty duo fighting injustice and giving a voice to the defenseless using brute force, killer brains and unconventional beauty.
Played at the October 2016 ACTION/CRIME Short Film Festival
Review by Kierston Drier
Blackwell Summers Mystery, a 12 minute American short from director Emily Dell, focuses on Grace Blackwell and Raven Summers, two sexy detectives with their own private investigation company in the heart of the 1970s. Smart, cunning and sexy, both ladies use their strengths and skills to take down the villain while leaving space for the audience to laugh the whole time.
This film has a satirical quality, not unlike the well-known Austin Powers franchise. The humor in the film comes from the slightly unbelievable elements, (Such as the petite Raven Summers headlocking a thug twice her size) and the campy sound effects that follow the fight scenes. The tone and color of the piece gives it an over-the-top 1970’s vibe. The plot and the characters don’t take themselves too seriously, and thus invite us as the viewers to laugh along with them. Within the fantastical world the film creates the characters are women of power and savvy, and leave the audience rooting for them in every scene.
Comic, bright and full of flare, this groovy film will leave you craving more. Well done to these maidens of mystery.
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