Lunchtime is Over
Review by Mark Schwab
February 15th, 2019
In Ben Wheatley's intensely underrated film FREE FIRE, a bunch of gun-running hooligans find themselves in an abandoned warehouse to close a deal. Since no one trusted anyone from the get go, they spend the next two hours shooting at each other in a tense standoff where no one is going to escape unscathed. I thought about that film a bit while watching writer/producer/director/star Bruce Nachsin's LUNCHTIME IS OVER. It's an energetic and enjoyably over-the-top short film where the warehouse employees take on the bosses, Jackie Chan-style, after being disrespected over their lunch break.
With almost no dialogue, most of the movie is an extended fisticuff battle in the warehouse which is surprisingly adept in the way it is blocked and edited. Looking at the entire cast, none of them would make you think of Jean-Claude Van Damme but when they all get into it the actors really rise to the occasion...every one of them makes an impression and is fun to watch. I'm not sure if any of them are trained stunt people or skilled martial artists but I think it's better to not know. I give Nachsin a lot credit for making his fight scene good-hearted but still believable enough to keep your heart rate up just enough. There is also plenty of great sound design which was smart considering the lack of spoken dialogue.
If you happen to find yourself swimming in the current debate and rigamarole around unions, socialism and the working class, Bruce Nachsin's short film LUNCHTIME IS OVER is the perfect bon mot on your way to a feast of rebellion.