REVIEW: The Mason Brothers
– By LastBoneStands
“The heist” is often one of the most important aspects of an entertaining crime film. Most times, we meet the “mastermind” and go through the steps as he recruits the team, collectively the team put the plan together and then we experience the heist in all its glory!
What happens when the job is that catalyst for the events to come? This is the path we follow in Keith Sutliff’s film, The Mason Brothers. The film begins after the planned heist ends in tragedy, one of the Mason brothers dies. The film follows the titular Mason Brothers and their friend/partner in crime, Gage, in an attempt to find out who set them up on the job and killed their brother.
Using non-linear story-telling, the plotting of the job is related through a series of flashbacks, with the events after the heist playing out in the present. The viewer never witnesses the job itself, but the events are described in the present through conversations between the characters. It is during these conversations that we are able to get a feel for the personalities involved. Jesse Mason, played by Brandon Pearson, is the hothead who wants to get revenge on whoever is responsible for killing his brother. Keith Sutliff’s character, Ren Mason, remains calm, cool, and collected, spending much of his time on film pondering the next moves they will make. Their partner Gage, played by Matthew Webb, seems to be somewhere in the middle, wanting revenge for his dead friend, while also trying to prove his loyalty to the Masons.
The one thing in the film that breaks the tension is that the viewer is made aware who is behind the whole set up and ultimately responsible for the death of Orion Mason in a flashback featuring 2 other characters that are not part of the Mason’s crew. By revealing this before the Mason’s found out, the tension that had built to that point was released. At that point it became a waiting game to see if and how the Mason’s would find out the answers they were seeking.
The Mason Brothers is a film about family loyalty, crime, greed, and revenge. While not completely original, the method of storytelling and the characters made it an entertaining ride from start to finish.