If you had the chance to find out when you were going to die, would you want to know? Would you risk everything for the chance to try and prevent your death, or would you rather live in blissful ignorance? These are just a few of the questions asked in the tense and brilliantly acted Norweigian thriller directed by Viljar Boe, To Freddy.
Freddy is going on one last camping trip with his closest classmates. Before the trip, he finds a box with letters that claim to tell the future. The message is clear: One of his friends is going to kill him.
I have watched quite a few first features lately, and this one is, by far, the best one and certainly my favorite. It looks like it was done on a shoestring budget, filmed in the woods with just five characters. The plot is in some ways deceptively simple: one last hurrah between classmates before going their separate ways in life. But it’s anything but ordinary. To Freddy is a brilliant puzzle that thrills with every twist and turn of the plot.
I was astounded to see that the majority of the actors were first-timers. All seemed natural in front of the camera. The highlight for me was Director Viljar Boe as the best friend of our tortured hero, Freddy. We are never one hundred percent sure if Viljar is on Freddy’s side, and (to be honest) Freddy isn’t sure either.
To Freddy is long on brains but short on gore, so be warned in advanced, if that’s what you are looking for. But it’s worth your time to check this one out! You can purchase tickets to the virtual festival online here.