We have a doubt whether this is a short action film or a satire with comic accents… Probably a little bit of both. The satiric hue is pretty evident we’d say.
‘Unreasonable Doubt‘ is a short movie about denouncement. John Tashiro makes a point about the wrong premise one can start from. So while investigating someone in the suspects’ group you might not want to: a) consider him innocent and b) let him go in a hurry.
John Tashiro’s film is an interesting perspective on how people get too excited about learning the truth while at the same time – strange but very true – they are confident they already know the truth. Maybe this is why ‘Unreasonable Doubt’ is so close to a satire: trying to reveal the truth while you think you already know it, makes you a very easy target to mockery. And when you don’t know mockery you come very close to foolishness. The truth demands not only patience but also very much awareness.
We liked the way John Tashiro builds the interviewers’ trust while the investigator’s harshness raises to erroneousness and eventually to stupidity. A nicely built comparison between the two characters.
The cinematography was also quite nice and we think that the anamorphic format suits the film very well. The film reminded us of what we saw in ‘The Usual Suspects’, but is otherwise a very enjoyable watch. Besides, you don’t guess from the start what it is about, which in the end – in the way John Tashiro directed it – turns out to be quite funny. At least that’s what we thought!