waydowntown is a former winner of many Genie Awards (Canada’s answer to the Oscars) from about two seasons ago.An office cubicle comedy that leaves the cubicle behind as the many denizens of the workplace scatter (and sometimes float) around during an extended lunch hour. The set-up is that a group of four friends/co-workers have made a bet who can stay indoors the longest. This is made easy since their office is connected to an underground and indoor mall, with connecting pathways to their residences. The gimmick that it is played out on is the cursory piece of technology known as digital video. The psychological warfare and games remain tame (one is a semi-germophobe), but by the time the movie is finished, the winner and the losers hardly seem like the priority. Super-heroes and a man running around in tights take that cake. Once again, the problems with digital video come from the fact that it isn’t treated like film. The “style” is a hodgepodge of shifting tints and filters, rapid click-edits, time condensed shots and zigzagging cinematography. Their inclusion is totally unnecessary. In one scene, the woman looks like she’s wearing a white shirt. In the next, it looks pink, then orange, than green. Fab Filippo vacillates between lip gloss and burgundy lipstick — or so it looks. And the whole while, all anyone needed was a little fresh air.
Directed by Gary Burns. With Don McKellar, Marya Delver, Gordon Currie, Harris Hart and Tobias Isbell.[Not to be bothered with.]