A new indie film called "30 Beats" follows 10 New Yorkers and their brief sexual flings during a summer city heat wave. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following movie review.
A new indie film that looks at several brief sexual encounters between a bunch of New Yorkers during a summer heat wave is currently in theaters and on demand. It's called 30 Beats.
Loosely based on Arthur Schnitzler's play La Ronde, 30 Beats has an appealing gimmick for it's premise. Watch a couple who are engaged in some sort of sexual liaison, then follow one partner as he or she goes off and gets involved with someone else.
In the case of the first story, it's Justin Kirk who's asked by Condola Rashad to take her virginity. We then follow just Justin Kirk as he meets up with a psychic, played by Jennifer Tilly. Then we tail Tilly, alone, as she meets up with a bike messenger. Then we're alone with the messenger as he pursues a crush. And so on and so on.
Conceptually, it's a good idea and they're are 10 people total. It's just too bad none of these stores are interesting. They all seem to have potential but in the hands of first-time feature writer/director Alexis Lloyd, there's no real energy to be found here.
Most of the actors are appealing and they do their best to elevate the quality of the flat material. They succeed to a small degree but they're ultimately defeated by the uninspired direction and tepid writing.
The on-location New York locales add authenticity to the proceedings but one kept rooting for each successive story to eventually go someplace, where you would really care about the characters or get emotionally involved. Sadly, that doesn't really happen.
It's not a total loss, as each tale begins with promise and it will hold your attention. But in the end, it really doesn't add up.
On our NY1 Big Apple Rating Scale, out of a possible four, I'm giving 30 Beats one-and-a-half apples.