Film Preview: The Fencer (2017)

Page Revisions:

(July 16, 2017) Original

Release Date:

July 21, 2017


From IMDb: “Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice. ”

Poster Rating: C / C- / C

Review: (#1) There really isn’t anything to see here. You definitely get the vague idea he’s a fencer, but that’s all there is to it. That isn’t enough. (#2) It might have been better with some revisions, but as it stands, the design tries far too hard to be distinct and doesn’t accomplish it. (#3) Taking the inset image from poster #2 and making it more distinct makes for a better visual impact, but the grainy overlay putting that focused image at the character’s heart, doesn’t work that well.

Trailer Rating: C+

Review: The trailer creates the image of a conventional narrative told with small elements that could be compelling. Unfortunately, the whole thing feels furtively generic in the process.

Oscar Prospects:

It was submitted for consideration at last year’s Oscars. It was not nominated, so it would be eligible this year; however, there are no categories where it’s likely to compete.

Trailer #1


Poster #1Poster #2Poster #3

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