The Letterboxd Era Catch-Up 4: 53 Days a Slave
Yeah, you can definitely see that a Duplass had a hand in this.
You can't just have a nice little thriller, no, you have to have LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of talking as well. What the fuck for? What are you trying to make here? Are you trying to make a thriller or are you trying to make a bonding drama? Keep your mumblecore shit out of my popcorn entertainment!
Really, the shitty script and totally unconvincing performances from the three blokes in this (especially the one left at the end, about as threatening as a lampshade) don't deserve the commitment that Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth and director Katie Aselton put into this. They're so good and seemingly into what they're doing that they save this from utter disaster and make it slightly watchable.
The fact that it was only about 75 minutes long also helped enormously.