DENNIS SCHWARTZ Movie Reviews

JUST ONE DRINK (director/writer: Andrew de Burgh; cinematographer: Luca Mercuri; editor: Jason Christopher; music: Scott Jeffry Holmes; cast: Andrew de Burgh (Steve Pintolivo), Barbara Nedeljakova (Tamara Nolan),  Isaac Anderson (Derek Urden), Harwood Gordon (Andrei Dzagoev); Runtime: 19; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Esther Washington/ Andrew de Burgh; YouTube; 2015)

"The knockout film is too short to do more than provide a fine eerie atmosphere for its femme fatale story."

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

A short indie film that stars Andrew de Burgh, who also wrote and directed it. It's a psychological revenge thriller set in Hollywood. The knockout film is too short to do more than provide a fine eerie atmosphere for its femme fatale story.

A beautiful widow, Tamara Nolan (Barbara Nedeljakova, Hostel star), messages hipster recent college grad Steve (Andrew de Burgh) through Facebook to attend her New Year's Eve party in her Hollywood apartment. She confounds Steve by saying they previously met. Before the visit, Steve scores weed in the pad of Derek (Isaac Anderson), his pal from college, and they make with some goofy stoned talk. Derek finds Tamara hot through the Facebook photo he views, and convinces Steve to go to the party with him. At Tamara's place, the boys, the only guests, have one of her spiked drinks and get knocked unconscious. We then learn her motive for the torturous invite, as the boys are tied up in the basement. 

REVIEWED ON 3/4/2016       GRADE: B-

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