Memory is a perhaps the trickiest aspect of the Human Experience. Would technology designed to serve our need for emotional connection (dare I say “closure”?) enhance or hinder the natural process of grief? Far from flashy gadgets integrated into outer space- inspired decor, a glimpse into the not-too-distant future raises intriguing questions about the nature of adaptive technology/ artificial intelligence while challenging our perception of memories. Subtle foreshadowing/ allegory allows the obvious to speak for itself and stunning visuals are almost a distraction but completely appropriate given the main theme.
Rather than a lack of subtle clues and foreshadowing due to a meandering script, this story slowly unfolds just as it does for its subject: a former soldier, who may or may not be the man as whom he’s been living. When his identity is called into question, both he and his wife begin to wonder if the trauma he experienced during the war that affected his memory made it easier for him to inherit the life meant for someone else or if his personality genuinely changed. The evidence will reveal the truth and unlock the key to the nightmares and flashbacks that relentlessly haunt him.
When military personnel are assigned to a far-away tour, the loved ones left behind know there’s a chance they might not return. But awareness of the hypothetical doesn’t prepare anyone for reality. How do you tell your daughters their beloved mother is never coming home? How do you accept it yourself?
There’s a good chance you’ll be anxious to get to a clearly salient point or bothered by jumps between story lines. Waxing poetic about life and death, love and loss may seem embarrassingly awkward or achingly tedious, at best. But that’s exactly where the tension lies in every conversation following tragedy: you’re either fumbling for […]
There’s surprising depth to this Thriller that borders on Post-Modern Noir about a philosophy professor who lives in an endless loop of moral ambiguity rationalized by the principles that led him to push the limits of his questionable decisions in the first place.
A man wakes up in a crashed car.
Where is he?
Who is he?
He stumbles down the road looking for help. A car comes into view. He flags it down but then it crashes.
He keeps walking and finally arrives in town…
To discover that everyone is deceased. As he frantically seeks shelter, even animals drop dead.
Polarizing expectations seem to be inevitable with any small budget Indi but sometimes less is more, especially to maintain an air of mystery. Though there are a few instances of slightly deflated acting, the nuances of the characters are intriguing. Despite apparent bypasses around expensive effects, the cinematography is striking. The ending is abrupt, if not enigmatic, to some while wholly satisfying to others, which could generate discussion if the audience is so inclined but don’t expect a thematic message. Overall, the engaging M. Knight Shyamalan-style premise proves to be an entertaining story.