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Negative (2017)

Negative (2017)

Katia WinterSimon QuartermanSebastian RochéJosh Randall
Joshua Caldwell


Negative (2017) is a English movie. Joshua Caldwell has directed this movie. Katia Winter,Simon Quarterman,Sebastian Roché,Josh Randall are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2017. Negative (2017) is considered one of the best Drama,Thriller movie in India and around the world.

After taking a picture of a woman on the street, amateur photographer Hollis is shocked when she knocks on his apartment door and threatens his life. Demanding that he and the photograph must leave town with her or she will have to kill him, Hollis reluctantly obliges. While on the run, she reveals she's an ex-MI5 agent that double-crossed a Colombian Cartel. Just as she was about to escape for good, Hollis' photograph of her surfaced and now the Cartel knows her whereabouts, and his.


Negative (2017) Reviews

  • Absolutely terrible writing and dragged-out unnecessary dialogue


    A negative rating for Negative. I'm not sure what accomplished director/producer/cinematographer Joshua Caldwell was thinking taking on this project. This film has got to be the epitome of terrible writing and should be a classroom example of 'what not to do' when writing a screenplay. Why would Joshua take on (clearly) amateur writer Adam Gaines script is beyond me. Even his good directing and excellent cinematography could not save this disaster. Aside from the super obvious plot holes and very poor story overall, the dragged-out unnecessary dialogue made this film unbearable and extremely boring. The way too long 1h 39min film length felt like 4 hours and I found myself saying "get on with it already, who cares!" when the two leads would just ramble on about nothing relevant. This movie may have been interesting if it was a 30 min short film (which oddly enough is the only minimal writing experience Adam Gaines has). The acting was decent and Katia Winter was very easy on the eyes to look at, but her chemistry with Simon Quarterman was very unconvincing. Maybe it was the boring dialogue they had that made their chemistry absent. Even the maybe total of 10 minutes of action scenes were overly dragged out. The rest of the film was primarily useless garbage dialogue with absolutely no point to the story - start to finish. Don't waste your time with this one. See the trailer, and that's all the good and interesting parts you'll need to see. This gets a 3/10 strictly for the directing and cinematography.

  • Understated, psychological thriller


    Katia Winter star in this understated, psychological thriller about a British operative who ends up having to confiscate a negative from a freelance photographer of a picture he took of her in order to remain as a ghost from those who are seeking to kill her. In the process, both she and the reluctant photographer find themselves on the run. Directed by Joshua Caldwell who also directed Be Somebody (2016), a comedy romance drama that also happens to echo a similar understated tone and offers a refreshing diversion into a more realistic interplay between characters that Negative presents. Negative together with Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow (2018) and Daryl Hannah in The Job (2003) allow female assassin or professional agents that emphasize the psychological drama over the intensity of special effects, explosions, and action scenes of over the top mass killings or hand to hand combat in a choreographed martial arts. At the same time, the sustainability of audience's interest is made much more difficult, especially with the marketing of Negative's trailer with emphasized the action portion of the movie much to the disappointment of a good segment of the audience. The more authentic characters in this movie provide the audience with a more thoughtful movie about human character though the movie struggles to balance the tension along with the somewhat superficial assumption of how these two people are so easily followed. Other similar movies have been able to incorporate rather more stylized plots or characters in their own psychological drama versions of this genre such as The Numbers Station (2013), The Tailor of Panama (2001), The American (2010), and Eye of the Needle (1981) or comedic versions of this genre such as Miss Meadows (2014), The Matador (2005), Wild Target (2010), Daisy & Violet (2011), and In Bruges (2008). Negative instead remains faithful to its depiction of what might be considered authentic humans whose live intersect in psychologically traumatic ways and how they individually and collectively cope with it.

  • Don't worry about spoilers nothing happens with this dross


    I watch a lot of movies and I like to give them all a chance just in case there is something interesting or exciting to warrant a viewing Unfortunately this movie has none of these features it is pointless and offers nothing in the way of story line,acting or direction The plot is non-existent with the actors just going through the motions and the dialogue is sooo boring its embarrassing. I wish the previous reviewers had posted earlier as this would have saved me 95 mins of my time

  • A bit far-fetched without basic logic


    The guy still used a cheap, out-dated film camera took pictures? Still got dark room with red light to develop his films? Wow, if the story background is in the 80', I might buy the whole story more willingly. As to the storyline itself, that guy just took pictures randomly in the street, and he randomly took a picture of a woman in the park, then went home to develop what he took that day. Then the woman just showed up, knocked his apartment door and asked him to give her the negative. This is when I WOWed again. Then the so-called two killers, one male and one female Columbian Cartel, just like her showed up at this guy's apartment. Then well, she forced this guy to run away with her to Phoenix, Arizona. The storyline and the scenarios simply got so many loopholes that even a moron would find it difficult to swallow. She had already burnt and dumped everything she used to have, credit cards, phone, SIM card, passports, flash drive...whatever, there's no electronic chip planted under her skin, so why these two Columbian killers could still so easily follow up her trail? Why the British intelligence got to do business with the Columbian Cartel? Why she had to force this deadbeat so-called photographer to run away with her? Just because if without taking a male on the road trip and two assassins chasing after her, the story simply would become impossible to develop? Bad movies are always full of holes without any logic, this film, although shot with some beautiful road scenes, sunrise and sunset, desert....yet the whole story was just based on a ridiculous ground. The two leading roles, the so-called British agent (Spy? For what?!) and the down-and-out photographer, actually performed pretty good, but again, if the premises of the storyline are ridiculous, there's no way to make them great. When films have to force the viewers to abandon their I.Q. and basic logic senses, they are just BAD films, and this one is no exception.

  • Like watching paint dry


    For some reason in this day and age, Hollis is still taking pictures with an old film style camera when he comes across a good looking female in the park and takes her photo. (My first impression was annoyance; I would be pretty annoyed if people took pictures of me on the street and then claimed the right to do so. Without a model release signature such photos are useless.) After developing the pictures in his darkroom the same woman (Natalie) tracks him down and demands the photo and negatives, due apparently to some bad guys chasing her. This is so improbable I began to turn off at this point. The two of them flee to Phoenix. Supposedly Natalie is a former British spy who got mixed up with a Colombian drug cartel and at this point, I realised that I had seen this movie before, 6 times at least, except instead of "Natalie" it was Vin Diesel / Kiefer Sutherland / Van Damme etc. etc., in the part. The movie has very little action and the plot is a waste of time. Give this one a miss.


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