The Audit (2008)
-Review by Nic Brown-
What would you do to protect your child? Most parents would say they would do anything, but most people never have to answer that question. In Abigail and Naomi DeHaan’s THE AUDIT Courtney (Women of Horror featured actress Sebrina Siegel) is a woman forced to find the answer through her own courage and faith.
The pharmaceutical company where she works is being audited by the IRS and Courtney must make sure that the government gets no wind of one of the company’s special projects; supplying chemicals to home grown terrorists planning to use them to advance what they consider to be their true patriotic cause.
Courtney is torn by her fear for what may happen to her and those she loves if she doesn’t go along with the cover-up, her growing feelings for the IRS agent Conrad (Clint Parks) and her own concern over the consequences of doing nothing.
THE AUDIT is an unusual entry into the thriller category as it is intended to be a family friendly, Christian drama. Of course the mention of this may immediately make some audiences dismiss the film. That would be unfortunate because THE AUDIT is an entertaining film that manages to stay true to the filmmaker’s intentions without being, for lack of a better word, “preachy”.
Although the film does become confusing at times and the audience is occasionally forced to suspend disbelief for the sake of the story, THE AUDIT is a good dramatic thriller that manages to draw in the audience. This is due not only to the quality of the story but also to the strong performance by Siegel who creates a believable character and stands out in most scenes by her ability to bring the anguish, fear and confusion that Courtney feels at her situation to vivid life. So if you want to see an independent film that is different from the norm check out Abigail and Naomi DeHaan’s THE AUDIT.