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About the Movie
Set in the autonomous, rebel State of Jefferson in 2029, this futuristic thriller stars Sam Daly as cyborg drifter Dylan Grant – a failed military experiment. He’s 100% human but is assisted by his artificial intelligence implant “Clyde” (Andrew Wilson). Aimless and broke, Dylan urges Clyde to help him find work on the reckless but “free” Jefferson coast.After saving a mysterious woman's life outside a night club, Dylan is sucked into her dark world becoming her lover and accomplice. Going against Clyde’s wishes, Dylan and Lisa (Leilani Sarelle) plot to negotiate a financial settlement with her maniacal ex-husband Sterling (Simon Templeman) – a tech tycoon who’s developing unregulated warfare technologies and testing (on unsuspecting subjects) the hypnotic, addictive properties of the black root plant he grows on his private compound. If Dylan can keep Lisa and Sterling from killing each other, he may just walk away with a small fortune and a new life – with or without Clyde’s help.
Black Road is a wild ride
I saw this film at its Ashland premiere last year, and scenes from the film are still embedded in my brain, echoing the plight of the protagonist. A dark, twisted but surprisingly engaging journey, one has to wonder if elements of Black Road aren't prophetic as well.
Black Road: Outstanding Independent Film
I would like to congratulate all of you who worked on Black Road for creating an original and outstanding film. I believe in the old adage “the best gifts come in small packages” and, as a film lover, this is so often the case with films I love. I’ve never done it myself, but I can only imagine the challenges faced when making a film, especially of this genre, with a limited budget. When a “small” independent film achieves the excellence of Black Road I do, in fact, like to imagine the resourcefulness, imagination and thought that must have gone into it to make it possible.
I do want to emphasize not only the excellence but the originality of the film. Here is a neo-noir film set in the near future with great social commentary for today. That is a big job just in itself. Yet, there is no copying or falling into old cliches. It is noir in mostly outdoor sunlight, it is semi-dystopian but, rather than the typical decaying big cities or wastelands, we have the beautiful Oregon coastal area. We have a protagonist with cyborg technology implanted in him, but the very last thing he is is some unstoppable killing machine. Rather, he is as human as human can be. I have never seen a film that looks like or feels like Black Road. Originality is hard to come by, something all film lovers know so well.
The story is as sharp as can be, it moves very nicely, has the classic elements of film noir that build and build until the viewer or audience member is in the exact point of view as the lead character Dylan, not knowing what is true. I will go no further than that except to say the build up and revelations are so well done I was literally on he edge of my seat. Black Road gives those who see it a lot to think about. The same is true of the ending. Again, of course, I will go no further regarding it except to say it too will leave people thinking and discussing. It is a film that wakes up the mind and, in the end, lights up the mind.
The last thing I would like to say is everyone who worked on this film obviously cared very much about it’s quality. A film such as Black Road cannot simply be thrown together. For a film of this excellence to emerge there has to be a lot of love that went into it. This has to do with love of film. Because you cared so much, I care. Thank you so much for giving us the gift of this jewel - and jewels always come in small packages.