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"A Hitchcockian thriller in the spirit of 'Rope' and Agatha Christie's 'Ten Little Indians' that begs the question can murder, if done well, be considered art? An art whose medium is one of flesh and bone."

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Review Date: 05 August 2003 My Rating: out of 5


Another independent film with a good reputation goes straight to video in the UK but unfortunately (unlike'May') doesn't quite live up to the acclaim.

Director Mark Anthony Galluzzo loosely remakes Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rope' for the st Century as renowned slacker Nick 'The Prick' Collier (Rick Otto) decides to throw a party in honour of his best friend Jim who has recently graduated and leaves to begin his career in the morning. Unfortunately for the friends Nick has finally planned to finish something.......THEM!!

Whilst the film is undeniably cleverly constructed, the required scenes of lengthy exposition become tiresome after a while, and you find yourself waiting for the characters to be killed.

Aesthetically pleasing in every sense of the word, the film does entertain once the killing starts, but the score weakens the effects of the kills as it lacks the required kick it needs. In fact the only time we get an origional score and not just a collection of hits from the likes of Madness, is in the final chase scene and it only demonstrates how much it improves the suspense.

Another peeve is the fact that Majandra Delfino is second billed in the trailer and doesn't appear until minutes into the film!! Also Jason Mewes feels out of place here and appears to be acting as himself, which took me out of it. Despite these minor quibbles it must be said that the film does have a very good cast and it was nice to see Glenn Quinn in his final role before he tragically died.

In all R.S.V.P is a bold experiment and thankfully the team tried to do something different, it's just a shame that they made so much of a deal about Hithchcock, as audiences will expect a level of suspense that only Hitchcock could ever achieve.

Though I respect Mark Anthony Galluzzo's ambition he may have made a fatal error by comparing his film to those of 'the master of suspense'.

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