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There is no Evil (AFI Fest 2020); Grade: B

Strictly Films welcomes to you to coverage of this years AFI Film Festival! Our next film on the block: There is no Evil.

There is no Evil tells four stories, all having to do with themes of moral strength, as well as the death penalty. Each story offers effective usage in storytelling, emotion, and drama.

There is no Evil captures a lovely film from a visual standpoint, bringing the city view, prison view, forrest view, and country side view of this country. Followed by a Score that is fairly enjoyable, featuring an energetic song in the second story Bella Ciao which was honestly a major highlight of not only that story, but this film as well. Performances by the entire cast was pretty damn good, I really don’t see any weak performances by just about anyone, all felt natural and real performances as if they weren’t even playing characters at all.

My favorite story of There is No Evil was most certainly the second one. Not only did it offer a fairly emotional story captivated by the theme at hand, but was by far the most entertaining one of the bunch. A very intense sequence involving a man wanting to escape the military, for the sake of not wanting to partake in making an execution of someone, as that is against his beliefs. Captivated by an energetic score, that really made the entire sequence intense and exciting, capping it off nicely by the concluding song Bella Ciao.

Weakest story in my book was the first story. Definitely wasn’t bad by any means, but it definitely could’ve used more depth as I felt it was just alright and way too short.

Other than the first story: The rest of the stories were kept on a consistent pace, regarding quality in storytelling but also quality in emotion as well. For what the film maker wanted to make regarding the heavy themes at hand, definitely achieved that goal within those next few short stories, as you really did feel something. Especially towards the end of the last two short stories, where you feel completely empty inside, as it’s rather devastating to hear what concludes. Definitely the much better anthology films I’ve seen as of recent, that is consistent.

Overall, There is No Evil is a rock solid film. I recommend checking this one. -Mitch Smietana

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