Movie Review: Jax In Love
A mostly spoiler-free review.
Writer Rakefet Abergel and director Colin Campbell introduced me to Jax in all the right ways to give me the wrong impression. When her car breaks down at an abandoned service station along a lonely stretch of desert highway, I immediately sympathized. And knowing that this is a horror/thriller, I assumed that this is where our lead was going to find herself descending into some terrifying predicament. What follows is an awkward and confusing phone conversation that sounds like two different conversations. Before my brain could decipher what was going on, Jax ditches the phone and flags down a passing truck. Okay, I thought, these guys in the truck are the bad guys. Be careful Jax!
I can’t take you much further into the story without giving away too much, but I will say that Jax In Love packs several memorable scenes in its 20 minutes. The best of which are the interactions between Sunny (Devi Veysey) and Jax (Abergel). Throughout the film, Jax is an uneasy juxtaposition of childish possessiveness and adult relationships (see going down on a mound of whipped cream atop a mug of hot chocolate).
Jax In Love does an excellent job of telling its story by giving you pieces along the way and letting you do the calculating. Be warned, though, the pieces are not in order. It’s a word scramble and then a riddle. But in the end, it makes perfect sense.
Jax In Love is currently on a very successful film festival tour; having picked up awards for Best Actress in a Short (Nightmares Film Festival), Best Actress (Oregon Scream Week), Best Horror Short (Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival), and several other nominations and commendations from the likes of the Women In Horror Film Festival and the Independent Horror Movie Awards.