Movie Number- 17
Title– Population 436
Branden’s Rating– 8 out of 10
Bridgette’s Rating– 7 out of 10
Average Rating– 7.5
Netflix Rating– 4 Stars
Comments– Talk about a shocker! Coming in to this one, thanks to the fact that Fred Durst was advertised on the box art as one of the lead actors, I had even less expectations that the last movie- I really thought this was going to earn one of my lowest ratings yet. But, the movie shocked the hell out of me! It was a well-written tale that was acted well-enough, and kept me interested from start to finish. The character development was awesome for the lead characters. Fred Durst showed me that special thing that good actors need- vulnerability- and I felt more for his character than any other in the film. The other actor, the lead male who I have seen in other films, had me engaged as well. This is one of those sleeper films that really has the potential to blow you away. It is another one that is available via Netflix Instant Queue (in HD, by the way) that I highly recommend you give a viewing. The plot follows a man who works for the census bureau who has been assigned to check out a city in rural America who’s population has always been 436. When he gets there, he begins to find out why. It sounds like a dumb premise, I know, but go in with an open mind and you might just be surprised. Great-Good.
Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.