Tear Me Apart – New Release Review

TearMeApart-posterartworkWe take a look at this cannibal rom-com which opens today…

Tear Me Apart is directed by Alex Lightman, his first feature film, and stars Alfie Stewart, Frazer Alexander, and Jennie Eggleton. It follows two brothers, in a postapocalyptic wasteland, who are forced to live off eating other people to survive. In this world they live in, there are very few females. The main characters actually have no idea if there are any females left, and the brink of human extension may be in the near future. However, when the two characters find a female, hope for a bright future and a new world rests in the balance.

This film has a very dark premise and can be very disturbing for some people. I should express that this film is definitely not for everyone. The cannibalism can turn people off, and there are some other disturbing scenes in this movie, but they never seem out-of-place. Each event in this film that takes place actually makes sense for what the character is going through. In this movie, the apocalypse has been going on for over a decade, and people have basically lost all hope for humanity. Both main characters have been living their lives in this kind of society, and one of them has lived his whole life like this and is used to cannibalism because that is the only way he knows how to survive. This film touches on some very interesting topics about survival and family values. It is very dark and told in a realistic way; if an event like this were ever to happen, this is how people will behave.

TearMeApart-16Tear Me Apart is a very low-budget film. If you take it for what it is, then you will be impressed with how it turned out and how well made it was. The directing was solid, and even the cinematography was pretty good. This film has a lot of pretty shots throughout, and the score is also very good and fits with the tone of the movie. You can tell that the director put effort into making this and the actors in this film gave good performances. The main characters didn’t feel one-dimensional, which is what I liked most about this film. They all had thoughts, feelings and rules to follow.

This film is not perfect though, and it could have been filmed better. The visual tone of this film did not math the dark story it was telling, so visually it could have been made a lot better. This is supposed to be a world near extinction, that has been for years, and it still feels like present day. This goes back to how low-budget it is, and if it were made with a larger budget, it would have looked a lot better. Tear Me Apart also suffers from a below-average screenplay. This film has a lot of basic dialogue that feels very bland. The story is pretty basic, and it lacks very memorable moments. This film focuses on these three main characters and where they are in this given moment. All the other characters in this film are very one-dimensional and don’t bring much to the story besides conflicting with our protagonists. There is never much of a back story on what happened and how the world ended up like this. Which goes to show that the writing could have been better.

Tear Me Apart is a dark, edgy tale about three characters in a post-apocalypse world. This film has an interesting story with some unique characters. It does not shy away from the brutality that could take place if an event like this actually happened in real life. The characters are extremely desperate to survive and almost represent animals in the wild. This film, however, lacks in storytelling, and can be very slow at times. The writing was confusing and very straight forward with not much of a back story that explained what had happened. It is not for everyone, but if you take it for what it is, you actually just might really enjoy it.

Tear Me Apart is released on VOD today (17th), will you be checking it out? Let us know in the comment box below!

One comment

  1. Movie not my cup of tea, but well reviewed.

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