Excess Skin (2015)
Written By: DMG
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Patrick Kennelly
Producer: Dennis Garcia, Leo Garcia
Screenwriter: Sigrid Gilmer, Patrick Kennelly
Date Released: March 13, 2015
Bethany Orr as Jill
Mary Loveless as Jennifer
Wes McGee as Rob
Sheresade Poblet as Cathy
Jill Jacobson as Beverly
Dana L. Wilson as Becky
Kristin Minter as Nina
Rating = 1.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Jill lives with her friend, Jennifer who is an arrogant, mean spirited supermodel. Struggling with her weight, Jill is a binge eater who purges after every meal. One day, Jill reaches her breaking point from Jennifer’s verbal abuse and chains Jennifer up in their apartment. As such, the story follows Jill as she breaks away from reality.
The Gore Factor
Although the title, Excess Flesh (2015), may infer that there will be intense gore, the film is actually light on blood and gore aspects. Rather, Excess Flesh embellishes eating to a point that is both unappetizing and gross by over-exaggerating chewing and oozing sounds as well as camera closeups displaying, for example, a mouth full of food.
The Grave Review
Some ways in which Excess Flesh (2015) can be interpreted is as a message about body shaming, self-worth, mental and/or physical disorder, the fashion institute generally, or the ability to identify troubled individuals. The message is sound and in all respects an important one, but the execution of the film was poor.
Some aspects of the story were unclear. For example, the relationship between Jill and her mother seemed irrelevant and confusing. At no point did the film explain the significance of the communication between Jill and her parents. Another example is when Jill meets her love interest at a “party” that may or may not have actually happened. As such, Excess Flesh tasks the viewer to interpret too many aspects of the film to the point where the story is unclear.
Lastly, little happened during the course of the film to keep the story engaging. Most of the scenes focused on Jill over indulging in food without doing much else. Even when Jill captures and chains Jennifer, there is little to any significance that transpires.
The only excessive aspect of this film was the amount of time it took to watch it. Excess Flesh is a boring film with little substance that is not recommended for entertainment purposes.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Excess Flesh (2015) one and one-half graves out of five graves.
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