- Us 2018
Eric Leiser, Jeffrey Leiser for Albino Fawn Productions
directed by Eric Leiser
starring Maria Bruun, Chris O'Leary, Azumi Tsutsui, Eros Galbiati, Ross Weinick, Stacy Kessler, Bill DiVita, Alexander W. Smith, Luis Ramos, Jenny Hutton, Lawrence Samuels, Nick McGuiness, Vincent Leong, Kam Perez, James J. Crawley, Astijus Taujanskas, Jeffrey Scotland, Andrew Oppenheim, Mackenzie Ginsburg, Nicholas Tene, Bruce Apar, Carnell Adams, Eric Best, Nino M., Erica Johnson, Lillian Sherman, Stacey Hull, Mitchell Cetuk, Christopher Calin, Michael Suvack, Bettie T. Kao, Jeffrey Rogers, Carrie Swim, Ashley Michael, Adam Tyson, Tracey McDonough, Nicholas Brooks, Zilong Pu, Edward Ikeguchi
written by Eric Leiser, music by Jeffrey Leiser, animations by Eric Leiser
In a version of the USA that moves closer and closer to becoming a
totalitarian state where citizens are persuaded to be chipped "for
their own good", the fears of hopeless conspiracy theorist Michael
(Chris O'Leary) suddenly become very real. And suddenly he and his
co-theorists realize it's no longer enough to post in certain forums, they
actually find themselves forced to do something.
Evelyn (Maria Bruun) in
the meantime is a devout Christian, one who has just begun the Book of
Revelations and starts to have visions about the Apocalypse. When she and
Michael meet, they realize they actually have a lot of very similar ideas
coming from vastly different quarters, and each joins the group of the
others. Things get out of hands though when the NSA picks up Michael's
trail and eventually get hold of her to chip her. And when Michael finds
out, he knows he can no longer trust her - and just when their work has
come to a crucial point ...
Apocalypsis is quite a
charming lo-fi dystopian science fiction thriller that might at times be a
bit on the brain-heavy side but has wonderful images (including some
awesome animations) and its fair share of action to keep the audience on
the edge of their seats throughout. And even though conspiracy theory
thrillers are a dime a dozen of late, boosted of course by the present
political climate in the USA, this one does take an original approach by
adding religious symbolism in a very comprehensive way.
interesting film for sure.
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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