Gravel-voiced Tom Sizemore adds a layer of mystery in the small but crucial role of Jacob’s former art teacher, spitting out chunks of thought-provoking voice-over laced with beady-eyed paranoia. The ending, as with all well-conceived psychological thrillers, invites you to replay the movie in your head, sifting for hints and meaning.
Whatever limitations the filmmaker faced, it didn’t temper his ambition. This is the rare do-it-yourself-style indie film with flashback war scenes. “Contractor’s Routine” is also a puzzle, with seemingly innocuous events and conversational asides that become crucial when put together.
Flirting with aspects of sci-fi (complete with some fleeting cosmic f/x), horror and tricky unreliable-narrator psychology, “Routine” might make most viewers wish it didn’t resist genre categorization and its simpler rewards so strenuously….Assembly is resourceful, with Isiah Flores’ lensing worth special mention.
Contractor’s Routine is a puzzle to be solved through sights and sounds; it’s a story that never panders to its audience or believes they won’t understand. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to hear people come out of a viewing, shaking their heads and wondering what the heck happened