Howard Nash, Christopher Bell (executive), Mary Jane Bulseco (executive), Joseph DiRenzo (executive), Bill Victor Arucan (executive) for Open Communications
directed by Russ Emanuel
starring Christian Barber, Naaji Kenn, Lanisha Javon Gholston, Kenishia Green, Laquana Henny, Gayle Samuels, Morris D. Small, Michael Emery, Craig Batchker, Tim Cinnante, Rachel Jarvis, Shanel Cheatham, Cameron Newsome, Vincent Michel Paul Filliatre, Michael Ray, Nicholas E. Calhoun, Travis Terrell Jacobs, Mike Marino, Joseph Coppola, Timothy Lee Conley, Ryan Scott Thomas, Beth Rosen, David Lee, Susan Buckwell, Anngeannette Pinkston, Dwayne Chandler, Debbie Klaar, Purnell Holloway, Isaiah Seward, Tiffany Lloyd, Charlotte Blacklock, Tyler Shand, Guy Whitlock, Antonio Bamoozie, Tiffany M. Johnson, Denise Boccio, Michael Olibrice, Nestor Delgado, Tanika Inlaw Chambers, Will Johnson, April Eppse, Doriane Louisy Louis-Joseph, Terry Lee King, Lilly Castro, Rebbekah Alson (= Rebbekah Vega-Romero), Tanisha Hereast, Isabel Romero, Melissa Visco
screenplay by Howard Nash, Rod Cavin, music by Vasilis Milesis
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Wisper (Christian Barber) is a self-made man, a successful businessman
and bar owner ... who might just be a little too full of himself - why
else would he have Laura (Naaji Kenn) follow him everywhere with a camera.
Of course, while he's successful in business, he's not so much as a
husband and father, as he repeatedly forgets his kids' (Rachel
Jarvis, Shanel Cheatham, Cameron Newsome) school events, he's
pretty much at war with his wife (Laquana Henny), and we better not even
talk about his sister in law (Lanisha Javon Gholston). What's worse, he
tries to make up for his deficiencies as a husband and father with his
mistress Melonie (Kenishia Green). When he returns home though after a
night with Melonie, he finds his family killed, and what's worse, the
police leave him at no uncertain terms he's on the list of suspects,
despire his alibi Melonie gladly confirms. But of course, he's a black man
living in a white neighbourhood, so there's that ...
When the police
come up with nothing and even suspect him of using his bars as a front for
drug-pushing even if he works closely with another department to keep his
establishments drug-free, Wisper, with Laura always in tow, starts to
investigate on his own. But ultimately, he might not like what he does
find out ...
So ok, Wisper is a found footage movie of
sorts - but not so that his upsets its carefully built-up structure or
comes across as just a gimmick. Actually, the film is very well shot and
its "documentary" approach doesn't feel out of place even once,
is narratively believably and indeed necessary 100%, as this way it takes
the audience on the exact journey the protagonist is on, never gives the
viewer that extra ounce of knowledge one's often allowed to have in other
movie's but which would have destroyed the impact of this particular
movie. And what we get thanks to all of that is a very tight thriller
without clear heroes or villains (actually the viewer can't be certain of
Wisper's innocence until near the end), and where even the resolution of
the thing isn't exactly a happy ending. And thanks to a tight directorial
effort, a tense script and strong performances by all involved, this is a
genre movie that shouldn't be missed.