Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Genre - Sci-Fi/Mystery
Year Released - 2013
Running Time - 78 minutes
Directed by Alex Galvin
Written by Alex Galvin
Cast Includes: Elliot Travers, Dean Knowsley, Liz Kirkman, Rachel Clentworth, Amy Usherwood, and Ralph Johnson
Rating: 5 Skulls
In the near future, police detective Richard Manning is investigating the most difficult case of his career - the seemingly impossible locked-room murder of a wealthy property investor.
The more Richard investigates, the more complex the case seems to become.
He soon realizes his own future and survival depend on him solving everything - and quickly.
This film is the first New Zealand/Hong Kong co-production. It is also director Alex Galvin's 2nd feature film. (the 1st being 'When Night Falls', from 2007, which I have not yet seen - though I just upped it to #1 on my Netflix Queue!)
This film has already been running the festival circuit, and has already received several awards - rightfully so!
Galvin has shot a beautiful film, utilizing superb locations and gorgeous scenery.
Let's hope that this film sees U. S. distribution sooner, rather than later!
In the film, several detectives are paired into teams of two and placed inside of a computer program/game through what is known as "transference technology".
Within the game, the detectives are to determine not only who committed the crime of murdering a billionaire, but also how and why.
*Slight, very minor, SPOILER ALERT below:
(do not read if you want to be completely taken by surprise)
The twist is that there is a virus in the program that is causing a perpetual time-loop, creating one endless day. As the day goes on, those detectives not pulling their weight, so to speak, are being erased/wiped from the game, so time is of the essence.
Okay, safe to continue reading now...
Galvin has created a very cool concept here, utilizing the "reality-perception" genre, as well as some very cool tech gadgetry.
If you enjoyed 'Soylent Green' or 'Inception' then definitely keep an eye out for this film!