Dropbox is a low budget independent comedy film with a sharp script and an amusing premise. In the age of the internet sex tape this film sees a big celebrity accidentally return a sex tape to the local video store instead of the film she rented. The sarcastic clerk on duty refuses to return it and a comical battle ensues.
The film was written and directed by Anesty and Spiros Carasoulos and there is no doubt they have a real talent. When I say low budget I really mean it, this film is shot in a single room and the actors don't appear to be experienced. Despite this a strong script, good pacing and competent direction combine with the topical script to create a really entertaining film.
The star of the show is the main clerk on duty in the rundown video store, a man named Tom (David Cormican). He is cynical, depressed and generally fed up with his lot and consequently he doesn't take any nonsense from his customers. Winding up rude and/or moronic people who wander into his store seems to be Tom's main pleasure in life and he is good at it. With the scene firmly set cue Mindy (Rachel Sehl) a thinly disguised Britney type pop star. She comes in to return Glitter but unwittingly hands Tom her home sex movie.
Mindy returns a few hours later having realised her mistake but instead of coming clean she tries to re-rent the movie. Tom can't believe someone would want to rent Glitter again and his suspicions encourage him to be uncooperative forcing Mindy to admit the truth about the tape. As the two argue various interludes are forced upon them as various customers come and go and Tom deals with them in his own unique style.
It's hard not to be reminded of Clerks here, the string of real life characters played by amateur actors, the surly and witty clerk behind the desk, the fixed location one camera approach easily offset by nice direction and clever dialogue. While this may fall short of Kevin Smith's breakthrough film it is still very entertaining stuff and enough to suggest the Carasoulos brothers have a bright future in film making.
The acting is mostly quite poor with the exception of the two main characters. David Cormican is the star of the film as Tom and he plays the role very well, bringing believability to the whole production, his delivery of the witty put downs in the script was excellent and he came across as a real guy. Rachel Sehl played Mindy and did an equally convincing job as an unlikeable super ego used to getting her own way.
The film comes in at around an hour and twenty minutes, which felt about right for the premise. It had some laughs along the way, an impressive script and offers a nice alternative to mega budget Hollywood fare. I'd recommend this film highly and hope that it gets some sort of distribution deal, I'll also be looking out for whatever comes next from the talented filmmakers responsible as they prove you can make a comedy film better than most of the big budget dross with a fraction of the resources.