Boiling Point takes in a Christmas-time service at a busy restaurant which deals with posh nosh, and on Mad Friday, which is the Friday before the big day.
One point of interest for me, is that this movie claims to be shot in one take. Lots of films claim that, but they rarely are. The longest of which I’m aware, is 2015’s Victoria, staring Laia Costa. A shorter example is Woody Harrelson’s Lost In London. However, 2015’s Birdman, and the recent One Shot, definitely have joins.
Kicking off with a food inspector checking around, he finds a number of problems, thus knocking their hygiene rating down from a 5 to a 3 – which sets off head chef Andy Jones (Stephen Graham) like a rocket. He’s constantly on Stress Farm, and forever taking sips from his water bottle. Not surprising when their rating is reduced due to problems such as throwing away expensive food because it wasn’t labelled, as well as some staff seen erroneously washing their hands in the food preparation sink.
There’s also the stress of having food critic Sara Southworth in for dinner service, plus a manageress who’s out of her depth because she doesn’t understand how complex making such meals can be, some staff aren’t trained properly, there’s a customer who has allergies and requires their food to be nut-free, as well as dealing with crazy-grumpy customers ordering £200 bottles of red wine, yet having zero pounds’ worth of nice behaviour.
Boiling Point perfectly gets across the tensions in a restaurant, and having worked in one, it certainly encapsulates a lot of the issues I experienced… well, I say restaurant, but it was a Little Chef. Still full of ungrateful customers, though.
The film It frequently chops and changes between the cast members, so everyone gets a turn. Plus, a couple of characters have to cry/well-up on cue, which is quite something for any film, let alone a a one-take movie. Yes, I know there’s a ‘tear stick’ they can use, but trying to fit that in without being seen, when the camera is ducking and diving all over the place?
One-take movies are like stage plays, because there’s no retakes, and anything can go wrong.
As a film, Boiling Point is engaging, but as difficult as it must be to create a one-shot movie – and I really didn’t spot any joins – it’s not as complex in its plotting as, say, the aforementioned Victoria.
Boiling Point is on Netflix now, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.
Check out the trailer below:
Running time: 92 minutes
Release date: January 7th 2022
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Director: Philip Barantini
Producers: Hester Ruoff, Bart Ruspoli
Screenplay: Philip Barantini, James Cummings
Music: Aaron May, David Ridley
Andy Jones: Stephen Graham
Carly: Vinette Robinson
Beth: Alice Feetham
Freeman: Ray Panthaki
Emily: Hannah Walters
Tony: Malachi Kirby
Camille: Izuka Hoyle
Billy: Taz Skylar
Andrea: Lauryn Ajufo
Alastair Skye: Jason Flemyng
Sara Southworth: Lourdes Faberes
Jake: Daniel Larkai
Frank: Robbie O’Neill
Robyn: Áine Rose Daly
Mary: Rosa Escoda
Jamie: Stephen McMillan
Mr. Lovejoy: Thomas Coombes
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