TrueIndie Tuesday Movie Review: "Hard Surfaces"
In Hard Surfaces, Adrian Jacobs, played by Shawn Pyfrom, is a photographer. His subjects: drug addicts who are paid to overdose. His work is compelling, and in many ways, so is his story. When he suddenly inherits custody of his niece, Maddy, coming to terms with this new level of responsibility proves to be a challenge he was never prepared for. Now, he’s forced to address his own issues, the moral complications involved with his occupation, and the consequences of his actions.
The film pieces this story together in a creative way, following the narrative of Adrian’s situation while flashing back to key moments with his sister that reveal crucial plot points. It’s a strategic storytelling decision that keeps Hard Surfaces interesting and offers big payoff by the end.
But the most alluring component of Hard Surfaces are the film’s characters. While Adrian grapples with his predicament, he’s surrounded by a notably charming cast; Liz, played by Julia Voth, Adrian’s well-meaning girlfriend whose disgruntled attitude to the sudden arrival of Maddy comes with an air of understandably. Sophie played by Sophie Kargman, a sweet and soft-spoken caseworker whose feelings for Adrian are complicated by his lifestyle. And Steve played by Chase Fein, Adrian’s talent broker and friend whose natural charisma and likability is infectious.
Because of this, it’s easy to say that Hard Surfaces is a memorable experience. With great entertainment value, it’s a film that competently demonstrates that change isn’t easy, but most times it’s worth it.