Review in Brief: Boiling Point (2021/22)

One-shot films are a statement and can make or break the story you’re trying to tell. BOILING POINT is elevated by the camera never cutting, the tension of a hectic restaurant kitchen and a nightmare Christmas service rarely giving you a moment to remember to breathe. Head chef Andy (Stephen Graham) tries to keep it together in the kitchen as his personal life is collapsing outside work and everything that clan go wrong while at work does also. The restaurant’s food hygiene rating taking a nose-dive, obnoxious customers, a visit from Andy’s narcissistic mentor, now a celebrity chef (Jason Flemyng) and cliquey clashes between kitchen and front-of-house make this a waking nightmare. The highly-strung but naturalistic performances, especially from Graham and Vinette Robinson as sous chef Carly and the tight control of chaos from director Philip Barantini makes Boiling Point a vivid, tense and uncomfortable watch that has to be experienced at least once. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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