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OFF Review: Room 327

January 31, 2010

In “Room 327,” John has received a note instructing him to check in to room 327 at a specific motel and not to bring the cops. He walks in to the room to find a cigarette still burning in the ashtray.

The short film then takes us on a journey where John awaits word from a nameless tormenter who calls him on the hotel room phone.

John is also interrupted many times by Ricardo, the front desk clerk, who suspects something is afoot within the room due to John shouting at the phone.

The movie could have expanded on the situation just a bit to clarify the story a bit more. It’s part of the genre to leave some things unsaid, but I felt like the stories purposely vague nature left me uninterested in the “why” of the story because there weren’t many details or backstory. That’s not a dealbreaker though.

There’s a couple of plot twists toward the end, and make sure to stay until the end of the credits for another.

“Room 327” plays at the Oxford Film Festival on Saturday at 5 p.m.

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