Really loved the film. I was so totally caught up in what was happening
and at the same time I kept feeling as if it might be a dream. I'm not quite
sure how you managed to pull that off, but it was really brilliant, and haunting. It seemed like such straight forward story-telling--and was
very strong for that reason--but then there was this mysterious troubling something about it that I just couldn't quite put my finger on. It was beautifully, shot, lit and directed, my heartiest congratulations--very impressive. And your performance was incredibly strong, running the full diapason of mental states. I really, really enjoyed it.
Herb Golder, Filmmaker
Through minimal mise-en-scene and subtle editing, the film progresses to a dark psychological drama despite the clear images and the bright atmospheres. I like this contrast in your film: a very clear and simple (classical) composition of the frames but inside this clearness there is
a strange and bizarre atmosphre with bleak and cold aesthetic/style.
Christophe Karabache, Filmmaker
"The Radicalization of Jeff Boyd" - a movie about the tough choices
we make along the way. It feels like a psychological drama at times,
a combination of a thriller and a romantic comedy at others. The minimal mise-en-scene and the natural acting makes the movie an enjoyable watch that leaves you with a number of questions to ponder over at the end…
Rayna Tzvetkova, Blogger
"Uwe Schwarzwalder's writing is outstanding!" - Jelly Film Festival
The Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival
With a budget of $35,000, Uwe Schwarzwalder has done a great job with The Radicalization of Jeff Boyd. The film feels quite well rounded in terms of consistent image and performance quality, the script too seems to be quite well adjusted to its genre and tone, which slides along as one would hope to see in a production of this calibre. The cast, who carry quite a large array of characters, keep the film’s pace alive, most of whom have a great vocal gusto, which elevates the viewing experience.
The main fault of the film is its photographic style, and its particular choices in terms of frames and editing though, all of which tend to render the film’s style into the look and ‘feel’ of a TV show. This is mostly because of the cookie-cut routine of master and coverage, as well as the all too predictable repetition of particular scenes in terms of their determination: enter character x, x and y talk, y leaves. This isn’t to say that the film isn’t good, in fact – it is in a sort of a way a compliment: Schwarzwalder and his team have managed to produce work at such a consistent level, and with such a consistent vision, that the film itself slips away from any creativity that one would wish for in terms of the cinematic space. To achieve this level of consistency is hard, and quite rare in low budget films.
Overall the experience perhaps feels a tad dated, like a Hong Kong cop film which circulated just before the Hong Kong New Wave, The Radicalization of Jeff Boyd feels as if it belongs to a bygone era of film that no longer really exists in film (and perhaps does in TV). There’s a definite 80’s vibe about the film, be it in terms of its open thought-experiment plot line of politics mixed with social justice, or just the film’s tone and delivery. Overall it is quite satisfactory, and perhaps only looked upon with a harsh eye by those hardcore cinephiles that want more in terms of film style.