Rating: 7 of 10
Synopsis: “When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems.” (source)
CREEP uses mockumentary to its full potential. We’re watching from Aaron’s perspective, so we enter the story from a subjective point of view, and we’re immediately leery when he shares he’s feeling uneasy about the job. Enter his client, Josef, an “eccentric” man, for sure. Then the explanation for why he wants Aaron to film his day warms our hearts and calms our nerves. Eventually, the mask slips and we glimpse the real Josef.
Josef’s bizarre behavior escalates gradually like the ascent of a roller coaster. Aaron’s actions and reactions may seem slow; personally, I think most people would act exactly like him. We’re programmed to be polite and give people the benefit of the doubt. More people than not would make the same choices Aaron did… right up until the end. There I think we see him make a choice only a few would make.
Can I just gush for a second about Mark Duplass as Josef?! He made Josef completely believable, and I couldn’t stop going back and forth between if Josef was merely weird or if he was a psycho. He made me question my own instincts repeatedly until I couldn’t trust myself. Brilliant!
(Watched on Netflix 7/20/2015)