Proxy (2013) was a nice original watch. I honestly did not want to watch this movie because it is slow paced, but I am happy I did. I love the concept/storyline of the movie and how it shows us what mother’s/people would do for attention. Director and co-writer Zack Parker (Quench, Scalene, Inexchange) nailed it with this movie. I would recommend this movie for every adult to see because it is different from the usual. It contains visual nude sexual scenes, suspense, graphic violence, gore, bad language, killing of kids, twists and disturbing matters. The movie is sick in the sense that some mothers will do whatever it takes to get attention and sympathy from other people. Events in this movie happen in our world today but is unnoticed by many. Proxy has many disturbing scenes that make me think, what kind of mother would do that? I was sad and in disbelieve during the movie, but I was curious to see what happens next.
Proxy is about Esther Woodhouse (Alexia Rasmussen - Little Accidents, California Solo, Listen to Your Heart) who is almost nine months pregnant. She just had her ultrasound and everything is fine with her and her unborn baby. Esther was brutally attacked in an alleyway on her way home - I cannot get the image out of my head. The attacker hits Esther on the head with a brick and then repeatedly hit her stomach with the same brick in an effort to kill the baby. Esther seemed alone and lost after the death of her baby. This movie has a lot of twists and I was shocked at every turn. She went to a support group for mothers/parents who have lost a child and met Melanie Michaels (Alexa Havins - Serving Justice, 27 Dresses, When in Rome). Melanie is a loose case all by herself and needs desperate help. Melanie attends the support group and tells Esther that she is there because her husband and son died in a car accident one year ago on their way to pick her up from work.
I am not going to spoil the movie but here is a few things to think about. Esther has a girlfriend and appears to be a lesbian. Some time after her attack, Esther is seen having intercourse with a stranger in a local bar bathroom - is she trying to get pregnant again and if so then why is she? Melanie’s husband is alive and started having delusions after their son was murdered a month ago by the hands of Esther. Melanie’s husband, Patrick (Joe Swanberg - V/H/S, LOL, You’re Next) does not know that Melanie has been attending a support group for over one year now for their son who was alive a month ago. Esther know’s who her attacker is and gave permission to the attack - why?
I could not have guessed the ending until the credits rolled. I was amazed and left with my jaw dropped which does not happen very often. I gave Proxy a 7 because of its originality.
About Proxy 2013
Starring: Joe Swanberg, Kristina Klebe, Samantha Eileen DeTurk, Alexia Rasmussen, Kelron Mixon, Mark A. Nash, Mike DeIulio, Jim Dougherty, Raymond Kester, Kitsie Duncan, Jennifer Wilkens, Adam Stephenson, Melissa O'Brien, Shayla Hardy, Glenna Reinhardt, Faust Checho, Dennis Crosswhite, Erika Hoveland, Adam King, Brittany Wagner, Xavier Parker, Phyllis Munro, Ronnie Johnstone, Steven Durgarn, Jason Nelson, Jason Dixie, Leland Franklin, Erica Stikeleather, Dave Snow, Rachel Illingworth
Director: Zack Parker
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