The Grail

"Very Good"

The Grail Review


With a title like The Grail, one tends to expect either a bad Monty Python homage or a bad ultra-religious movie about Jesus. Either way, you know it's gonna be bad.

Thank God, then, that The Grail is neither bad nor a Monty Python homage nor a Jesus movie. In fact, it's one of those cleverly interconnected stories that links three to five essentially unrelated tales that take place over a single day.

Drawing inspiration from Pulp Fiction and filmcritic.com favorite Go, The Grail centers around a convenience store clerk who sells cocaine on the side. To explain too much of the plot would ruin the fun of watching the film, but before it's all said and done (and it's only 84 minutes long), we've met a pretty Swedish runner (the titular "grail"), a pair of loserish slackers, an unlikeable businessman/cokehead, a strung out crack addict, and a suburban mom/cokehead.

Okay, it's got a lot of cokeheads and crack addicts, and while The Grail's reliance on drugs to propel its plot is a little overmuch, it isn't badly done. Most of the film's problems center around stilted dialogue, a common problem with novice filmmakers who turn every deadbeat character into a Wordsworth. Shot on 16mm, writer/director Kurt Volkan does a pretty good job behind the camera, though 35mm film, a bigger budget, and some (more) professional actors will certainly serve him better in what will undoubtedly be a long career in Hollywood. He's certainly one to watch.

P.S. Thank you, Kurt, for not shooting on digital video!

Heel to toe.



Facts and Figures

Run time: 84 mins

In Theaters: Friday 20th December 2002

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Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

IMDB: 7.2 / 10

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