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(SRS Cinema) 2005. Science Fiction. Not Rated. Some violence and a little blood. 81 Minutes. A struggling freelance writer has finished a book exposing a corporation, MotorKore. He discovered that in the 1920’s they were using corpses as crash test dummies. The company does not want the book published and the writer figures there is nothing they can do about it. He’s wrong. It seems that recently MotorKore has kidnapped people and performed an operation that turns that person into a living, breathing crash test dummy; and our writer is the newest recruit who is transformed into a being that can withstand crash after crash. Unbeknownst to MotorKore their new recruit, named 171096 has been receiving training from his roommate, a more experienced crash test dummy. Now 171096 is going to attempt the perfect crash. 171096 refuses to lie down and die like a good crash test dummy. 
  Crash Test is a great film. Its surreal atmosphere reflects the works of David Lynch and David Cronenberg, a pretty scary match up. The mostly black and white video paints a stark landscape of Australia where the company is more important than the individual. Director/Writer/Star Sam Voutas takes the shot on video microbudget film and projects it to the next level with intelligent screenwriting and some truly effective camerawork. Of all the flicks I have seen shot on video this is one of the few that would benefit from being transferred to film. I wouldn’t change a frame, but the stark look of 16mm film would be so perfect for this project. Crash Test is proof that microbudget cinema can work as well if not better than the mainstream dreck that Hollywood continually forces down our collective gullet. -Douglas A. Waltz 



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