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After a kidney transplant, Jake Warren experiences reoccurring nightmares he believes to be visions of his donor’s violent murder, sending him on a dark path of vengeance, leading to an unbearable truth.::Rachel K. Ofori

Also Known As: The Kidney, What Death Leaves Behind

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  • bayan-gulfeza-nalan-arslan
    bayan gulfeza nalan arslan

    Review: What Death Leaves Behind I have the pleasure to get to view advanced movie premiers on occasion and in the Philadelphia area, this is the heart of indie spirit of groundbreaking small movies; Rocky-M Night-Jesus Son. ”What Death Leaves Behind” presents a blue collar working man with a health problem, suffering kidney disease and in need of a transplant to continue to support his family. Jake Warren (newcomer Khalil McMillan is our Everyman), working at his Uncle Henry’s HVAC company, and going in for dialysis treatments hoping to find a donor soon. A quiet man with some family issues, finally is blessed with luck. The operation is a success but… well, he’s changing. Bad dreams, ugly thoughts, and an obsession with who the donor could be. This leads Jake down a dark path, with questions about a series of local killings in Chester, PA. The psychological thriller is based on real life “tissue memory” donor recipients, and the film goes deep into the idea of identity loss. The outcome of the story is jarring and heartbreaking in a smart thriller. The casting is key in this very stark thriller, no flashy big names but solid actors in defined roles. McMillan is great as our lead, an imposing strong and ultimately scary dude. Vincent Young as his co-worker defined as a logical caring friend, and Philly iconic actor Christopher Mann as Henry, a father figure. Standout performance by Mann in the final act is a revelation to his outstanding acting ability. Chad Morton story and collaborative script by producer Rachael Ofori, and directors Scott A. Hamilton and Nico Giampietro bring the goods. The film is unpredictable, and reminiscent of M. Night Shyamalan’s best early efforts. Low budget but solid indie you will not forget. Bravo!

  • lori-murray
    lori murray

    Its a film about organ donation, about cell/body memory, severe ptsd, murder and lots of other stuff mixed in a bucket and a lot of flashing dream themes and shown to us as a thriller drama.its a dark sinister and painfilled story of a life that should be hallelujahed up in the sky, as the lifesaver a transplant can be.what i come to realise after seeing this movie are a very mixed quality acting, a pretty plotholed story, a nervewrecking score and a not so well told ending to this story. so help me if you can, the grumpy old man says to understand what i really missed out on in this film.

  • mrs-stacie-wright
    mrs stacie wright

    This is an especially well acted film. Khalil McMillan delivers a piercing performance in “What Death Leaves Behind” as a troubled husband and father whose life is torn apart after undergoing an organ transplant. Scott A. Hamilton does a superb job of directing a roundly impressive cast, among them veteran actor Christopher Mann, who is particularly affecting as the uncle of McMillan’s tortured character.I was fortunate enough to gain interviews with both Hamilton and Mann, and I asked each about the primary subject matter of their film.Scott A. Hamilton Interview:Has your life been touched by organ transplantation in any way?I haven’t been touched by organ donation directly, however researching the film has opened my eyes. For example, I thought you had to die to donate, but any healthy person can donate bone marrow, intestine, a lung or a kidney and still go on to live healthy lives. Most people that I come into contact with that haven’t had experiences with the donor process don’t have this information and with thousands of people waiting for organs, I feel the need to spread that information.While entertainment, is your film based on any real life events?The story was created from conversations our Executive Producer Chad Morton, had with his cousin who started having reoccurring nightmares after a kidney transplant.This cast is uniformly excellent. Would you refer to your independent production as a Labor of Love by all?I would describe it as a labor of love. My producer Rachel Ofori did a great job acquiring talent that was willing to put in the hard work it would take to complete this film. With independent film it’s critical to build this family as the final result is a direct reflection of every person’s individual efforts.Christopher Mann Interview:Your performance is exceptional. What did you draw upon as an actor for this especially challenging role of Henry Warren?Well, I have to credit life experience for all it’s worth. There were many parallels that I was able to draw from. I’ve unfortunately lost many, many close members of my family. My mother, father and two brothers being the closest of a much longer list of family who I’ve witnessed make their transition. Much like Jake in, “What Death Leaves Behind”, many of the family members I’ve lost were young. My mother was just 34 when she passed. My brothers passed nine months apart and were 51 when they passed.I consequently have eight nephews and I’m the only uncle they have on this side of the family. So the combination of losing loved ones and being a source of support for my nephews, rang true for me in this story. Has your life been touched by organ transplantation in any way?Yes, I have a brother-in -law who had a kidney transplant. He’s still living today with the transplanted kidney. I remember when he found out that there was a kidney for him. There was a quiet stillness over the family as everyone held their breath waiting to hear that the operation was successful. To date I haven’t heard any stories from my brother-in-law like those of Jake in, “What Death Leaves Behind”.”What Death Leaves Behind” is a smaller, independent production. I am particularly drawn to these films. You have worked in a number of projects backed by considerably larger budgets. Is it meaningful to you as an actor to support and participate in independent film?I enjoy working on independent productions. Just like larger productions the story is what’s important. Each genre has its purpose entertainment wise. So whatever the genre the story should deliver on it’s promise.The challenge with independent productions is to create a project that is as good as, or even better than, a production with all the bells and whistles. You don’t want to leave the audience feeling like they are missing the bells and whistles. That covers all aspects of the production… the story, camera work, sound, lighting, score, wardrobe, etc… And of course the performances must be honest and organic.I also find that as an actor you are allowed more freedom to make your choices in independent productions. I enjoy bringing more than what’s on the page. The script is a blueprint for all practical purposes, particularly if what your doing is fiction. It’s great when you’re given the freedom to add some input the writer may not have considered. At least if you get it in the can, it leave more options once the editing process begins.Lastly, independent productions allow talent that may not have an opportunity to show their skill to be discovered.Pay close attention here as the filmmakers clue us in from the start that “What Death Leaves Behind” will not unfold sequentially. They do not, however, indicate that their story will be told with such extraordinary power and grace.

  • ann-stevenson
    ann stevenson

    ‘What Death Leaves Behind’ is a psychological drama film released in 2018. The film focuses on the life of a man named Jake Warren who recently undergoes a kidney transplant surgery. The aftereffects of the procedure leads him to experience nightmares about the murder of his donor. Consequently, Jake goes out on a journey that leads him to a dark reality related to both, himself and the killer in his visions. ‘What Death Leaves Behind’ is an emotional and traumatic film that discusses the story of a father, husband, and a friend whose life, ironically, begins to tear apart after receiving treatment. One of the main features represented in this film is the mental pressure that Jake goes through which leads him to devour his own peace of mind. Through Jake’s attempts and struggles, the film highlights mental health distress calls and how they are casually ignored by everyone around him. In different parts of the sequences, Jake tries to explain the enigma to his co-worker as well as his business partner but instead of helping him and listening to his concerns, both of them directly or indirectly dismiss his claims. Eventually, Jake’s illness completely takes over, inevitably destroying his marriage as well as his professional life. In addition to the solid plot, what makes ‘What Death Leaves Behind’ standout is its brilliant cast. Khalil McMillan proves his acting skills once again by his outstanding performance in a completely unpredictable film. His expressions throughout the sequence maintain coherence. In the beginning, he exquisitely portrays himself as a strong individual who believes he has the patience to overcome these visions. It is not until the latter part of the sequence that he begins to struggle with his condition. The final act is what truly brings out the talent in McMillan’s acting by giving out subtle yet, serene expressions. Overall, ‘What Death Leaves Behind’ is truly one of a kind. It consists of an extremely well thought out plot, topped with some of the most natural acts viewers can get to see. The film is unpredictably amazing!

  • vivek-dttaa
    vivek dttaa

    Hamilton’s story, told in a non-linear style – mostly just standard flashbacks, has a lot of emotion and melodrama written into what is otherwise a stereotypical “paranormal transplant thriller”. Not that it isn’t a cool horror trope, and WDLB has some good moments in it, it is just a concept that never seems fully exploited to the movie’s benefit.The story moves to slow and there is way too much use of psuedo exlressionist visual techniques that – together- cause quality sceens to expand beyond necessary, creating loss of momentum. It exposes flaws in acting and dialog that with proper post attention could have spared “What Death Leaves Behind” a loss in suspense. The pace, focus on emotionality and over-tapped scenes keep this one from being as thrilling as it needed to be.That being said, the film has some quality moments. For most of the film everything rides on newcomer Khalil McMillan’s performance, and he does a good job. Actually the cast on a whole give stellar perfances during a lot of the film. Unfortunately though there is a lack of consistency and a few times the dialog is a mess. But again, there is some quality talent at work in front of and behind the scenes in WDLB.As far as horror goes, this film never really reaches that level necessary to create the chilling nature of the story. It tries hard but suspense gets bogged down by emotional theatrics to often, and the surrealism is just too much at times. More attention should have been spent on action and stronger, edgy psychological elements. Film like “The Eye” and “Body Parts” did this premise better. Overall “What Death Leaves Behind” is one worth checking out, just go in without expectations.