DVD Review: Asylum (aka I Want to Be a Gangster)

Hey, this is a pretty good low-budget action film from France by first-time director Olivier Chateau.  And, it goes a direction you might not expect.

Jack (Julien Courbey), as the title states, wants to be a player in organized crime.  He falls into a situation that quickly has him at odds with a local crime boss.  Jack, unfortunately, is not the sharpest tool in the box and he quickly goes from syndicate wannabe to wolf bait…after indirectly causing the death of his boss’ nephew.

Instead of giving Jack a quick death, the boss has him chained to a tree in a remote forest so he can die slowly.  Don’t worry.  I’m not giving too much away, because “Asylum” is mostly a tale of survival.

This independent film is shot with sepia colored lenses and the picture quality has been intentionally downgraded for effect.  It’s also used to cover up the film’s budget limitations.  Nevertheless, I felt driven to see how the story played out.  And, I think if you like crime thrillers that perhaps you can appreciate this low-budget thriller from France.  Grade: B

Fast Facts:

Street Date: November 13, 2012

Runtime: 82 minutes

Rated: Not Rated, but there’s plenty of violence and language

Released by Synapse Films

Language: French with English subtitles