Omaha Film Festival Review: Trivia Night

Omaha Film Festival Review: Trivia Night

Trivia Night, with it’s brilliantly clever screenplay, brings us into a world of fun, facts, and fierce competition.

This feature follows Scott, played by Addison Anderson, a highly intelligent individual with a savant like ability to remember trivia facts. We’re first introduced to Scott as he’s failing to accomplish the ultimate feat, and that is winning the game show “Trivia Night”. With his ego battered, and his dream shattered, Scott doesn’t have much to live for these days, so he unambitiously lives off of winning small trivia competitions. That is, until the show announces their last episode ever will be a redemption opportunity for Scott and all trivia minds like him that have failed on the show in the past.  This revelation leads to the arrival of Davis, played obnoxiously with intention by Colin Drummond, who is Scott’s rival and main competition. Progressing through the film, we see Scott, and his circle of friends, obsess over trivia with their eyes on the prize; the last Trivia Night champion.

This feature is unique in that there is an overwhelming amount of intellect that comes with a screenplay such as this.  Addison Anderson, Colin Drummond, and Michael Molina combine to write a script that requires intelligent actors to deliver. It is also worth mentioning that solid supporting acting roles were played by Michael Molina as Grimley and Howard Pinhasik as Niles Pierce, the pretentious host of Trivia Night. The timing of the answers to the trivia questions, the boldness and confidence that must exude in their tone as their spit out facts most of us wouldn’t have the slightest clue about, these are the elements this film has that compelled me to keep watching. Robert Gregson, with the help of that enthralling screenplay I’ve mentioned a few times, does a masterful job in Directing this narrative, and he does so with a no bullshit attitude, at least it seems. We focus on Scott and the path to the prize, and we’re not concerned with many side plots or distractions. Often time writers and directors feel the need to have many plots all intertwined, and that type of style would have largely taken away from the point of this story, so once again I applaud the filmmakers for their wise decision. Another intriguing aspect on this film is the cinematography. Trivia Night has a look and feel as if it was shot in the late 90’s or early 2000’s, and it’s my belief that this is intentional. Without a doubt this adds to the feel and theme of the film, and there may be some sort of tribute to “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” going on here, although that is just a hunch, and it provides a bit of a nostalgia feeling to the feature as well.

Trivia Night is a no nonsense comedy, one in which you will find yourself enraptured by it’s creative, intelligent writing style, all while having an immense amount of fun, especially at how seriously these characters take their trivia. Don’t miss Trivia Night at the Omaha Film Fesitval, March 11th at 8:30 pm. You can check out their full schedule at http://omahafilmfestival.org

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