Dash Review: Locke on Crack…or is it Heroin?

The new one-take flick, Dash from writer/director Sean Perry in his directorial debut just hit VOD via the awesome XYZ Films

The film follows Milly over the course of one night working for a RideShare company called Dash. He is stressed, trying to raise money for the birth of his kid. Problem is, he had an affair and it ain’t his wife that’s having the baby. He decides to purchase some drugs so he can try and sell them to the LA party-goers in Hollywood. But his lack of street knowledge and non-existent drug education throws him in way over his head and steers him right into a night of unpredictable chaos.

If I had to compare this film to any similar film in this sub-genre then without a doubt, it would be Steven Knight’s Locke starring Tom Hardy. It embraces a similar one-take filming technique and shares a similar story only introducing some drugs as the problem. In Locke the problem was a concrete pour, in Dash it’s drugs…and we all know what happens when a large amount of drugs are involved in any film, right? It never goes according to plan.

If we look at other dashcam films, a lot of the time it edited with more than one camera

Here, there’s just one camera and one Hell of a long take – every filmmaking aspect is 100% on-point. So, as much as I love what can be achieved by minimalistic filming, a lot of credit in Dash goes to the incredible performance by Alexender Molina. Halfway through that film, the emotions he had to be consistent with were funny af to watch with some superb acting involved. Again. it really goes to show what awesomeness can be achieved by a strong script, acting and direction. Not to mention the sound design adds great tension along the way, as well as a great OST.

Not only is Dash a great crime comedy, but I also thought it served as a mirror reflecting, not only western society but society as a whole. With every passenger we see different issues; guns, policing, cheating, prostitution, drugs, addiction & our inability to communicate with each other as normal, functional human beings.




  • DASH 
  • Written and Directed by: Sean Perry (The Homebodies, Saturday Night Live)
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Distributor: XYZ Films
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Cast: Alexander Molina (Evil, Afternooner), Shah Granville (upcoming Dark Arrows), Monette Moio (The Real Bros of Simi Valley, Midnight Texas, Insecure), Paige GrimardAudra Alexander (All You Need is Me)

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