A man who is close to committing suicide calls his old friend to help him and together they have one night filled with debauchery in the indie drama Turnabout.
High on drugs, Billy (George Katt) feels like he can’t go on and makes a poor attempt at drowning himself, only to be rescued by a couple of late-night fishermen. With no one else to turn to, he calls an old friend, Perry (Waylon Payne) in the middle-of-the-night, even though neither have seen each other for fifteen years. Against his wife’s wishes, Perry agrees to meet with Billy straight away and is becomes obvious that both men have gone down two very different avenues. One is now a successful and (somewhat) happy family man, whilst the other has been living a life of crime and drug abuse.
The cry for help soon turns into a night filled with drink, drugs and strippers as Billy introduces Perry to a life he has never tasted, a life that Perry could certainly become addicted to. Turnabout has some very good performances in it. George Katt and Waylon Payne exceed at playing off each other, and don’t miss a small yet powerful performance by Peter Greene. Many will recognise Greene from his large roles in The Mask (as Dorian) and Pulp Fiction (Zed) as well as playing Redfoot in The Usual Suspects.
Turnabout is technically beautiful to look at. The lighting and cinematography is pretty much sublime for a movie shot on such a minute budget. I have seen movies with $20 million spent on them and they don’t look half as good. Credit has to be given to cinematographer Chase Bowman for his impressive work. The audio is crisp and the soundtrack suited the mood of the film perfectly too.
Whilst budget restraints would prevent most film makers from getting excellent results with locations and production design, Hughes excels with what he could use; the bar, the diner, the exteriors, they all look great. Other independent film makers should take a look at this work and follow suit – the lines between independent and studio would soon become blurred.
Overall, Turnabout is a fantastic piece of work and is very deserving of the awards it has already managed to pick up on the festival circuit. Should you want to check out the film for yourself, you can now available to purchase on DVD and on iTunes. It comes highly recommended by ourselves.