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Shade of Grey (2008)

Shade of Grey


Shade of Grey is an independent film written and directed by Jakob Bilinski.  The film follows several seemingly unrelated dramas that unfold within the four walls of a motel room over a several year period of time.  Although the film takes place mainly in one room of a motel and is predominantly an artsy, dialog driven drama, there is a fair amount of action in the film as well.  The production quality is considerably more professional than Bilinski's 2006 effort Foxxy Madonna vs The Black Death (and Foxxy Madonna was already above average quality).  The idea is simple: are the people who stay in the same hotel room over the years somehow connected?  As the story progresses, the answer to that simple question becomes interestingly complex.

Bilinski used many actors that have worked with him before and I'm sure that helped to make some of the heavy dramatic scenes easier to create.  Most of the acting was good all around and although none of the actors stood out as being amazing, all of the performances were well above average for an independent film.  

The audio was much higher quality than most films of this budget.  The filming and editing were both very well done.  My only complaint about the editing is that some scenes felt unnecessarily long.  I wouldn't be surprised if I found out that the filmmakers had wanted the film to be a specific length even before they started editing.  The movie still works, but I think the pacing would have been better if some of the scenes were cut down some.  Although there were several sex scenes, there was no nudity.  I hadn't expected any blood or gore, so when it did show up in the movie, I was pleasantly surprised that not only did the film include gore, but the gore was well done for a film of this low budget. 

In conclusion, I would say that with Shade of Grey, Jakob Bilinski has taken several steps forward in the quality of his filmmaking and at this rate, it wouldn't surprise me at all if you started hearing his name more often.  For more information, check out the website here:

Shade of Grey

Gore-o-meter rating: 1.5 out of 5
(More blood than I had expected)

Skin-o-meter: 1 out of 5 (several sex scenes but no nudity)