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About the Movie
From Jamin Winans, writer and director of the cult smash hit, INK, comes a mind-bending science fiction thriller about two strangers who find their lives colliding in an impossible way. Alex (David Carranza) is a methodic cargo thief working for a dangerous cartel. Sam (Tiffany Mualem) is a determined paramedic trying to save the world while running from her past. Suddenly and mysteriously, Alex and Sam’s lives crash into each other and the fabric of reality is ripped from underneath their feet. Taking on the very root of fate, destiny, and their own existence, Alex and Sam race through a maze of an ever-changing universe while being pursued by a demonic man determined to erase the world.
A Filmmaker’s Film
I really enjoyed this film. I thought the writing was subtle yet poetically metaphorical. The relationship between the two leads was effortlessly drawn out and my heart broke for both of them several times; stellar performances by both Tiffany and David. A truly heartbreaking film that to me addressed elements of character tropes, voyeurism and self reflection.
As a fan of Ink, the filmmaker’s previous film, I watched Frame with great interests.
And found here: some great acting and directing, as well as editing. I also liked the Soundtrack, as well as the premise of the movie: the idea that these two characters share each other through TV episodes. Additionally, there is lots of subtlety that keeps you observant.
On the downside, I confess I found the pacing of the story too slow—and from time to time, found myself impatient, when not mesmerized by the movement. About one hour into the story, I felt my interest pique, then wane, then pique again. I also left the film sort of acquainted with the ideas, that reality is sort of written into existence, but not quite sure those ideas really resolved themselves: I am not sure how these two worlds, different but the same, and these various characters, sometimes in only one world and sometimes in two, fit with each other.
In any case, I did find the movie worthwhile and interesting, especially as compared to the ridiculous onslaught of junk from Hollywood—and look forward to the next film from this filmaker.
Among the greatest indie movies ever
The thing that makes this film so impressive isn't just that it's so good, but that the director obviously couldn't have had too much money and still made a movie that looks this good. Sometimes, the camerawork can feel... amateur... but for most of it, it's an incredible accomplishment.