'The Odds' gives you the gore but with a gripping and extremely well written plot and absolutely outstanding performances from both of the lead actors. Abbi Butler is absolutely stunning as The Player, taking us on one hell of a journey as she plays her way through the game, seeing how much pain she can endure in the quest to win. The resolve that she has is stunning and the chemistry between the two characters is what really holds your focus in this film.
James J. Fuertes is fascinating as the Game Master, the facilitator of the game and The Player's only link to information on how well she’s doing against the other players. The way that this character changes and develops is both scary and intriguing and Fuertes does a great job of keeping you on edge. It is also impressive that both actors succeeded in creating such an intense connection on screen despite the fact that you never even learn their names.
Expertly shot, and only in one location, this film sets the tense mood perfectly, giving you just enough horror and gore but without overdoing it. With the relationship between the two characters and the stories that she tells about her past, the film is also a metaphor for domestic abuse and inner strength. 'The Odds' is a triumph and definitely earned it’s spot as the closing night film at Raindance Film Festival.