- Pop 2018
directed by Nathan Hill
starring Nathan Hill, Anne Gauthier, Jane Badler, Nicholas Wightman, Celeste Wilson, Mardi Edge, Ian Rooney, Jake Ryan, Michael Siu, Thomas Morris, David Macrae, Priscilla Catania, Marty Rhone, Paul Moder, Frederique Fouche, Leslie Lawrence, Tom Liddy, Deanna Ortuso, Sean Naismith, Jessica Borg, Emma Shen, Marietta Sabello, Sheena Yuasa, Rachael La Rosa, Jurgis Maleckas, Lachlan Powell, Tramy Tran, Vicky Tran, Bianca Allaine
written by Nathan Hill, music by Gerard Mack
Jaffy (Nathan Hill) is a private eye who has been wanting to ditch his
job for quite some time now, but his boss (Ian Rooney) lures him back in,
promising good money for "one last job": Trix Baxter (Celeste
Wilson), daughter from a rich family, hires him to follow her sister Sia
(Anne Gauthier), whom she describes as a "living time bomb",
without giving Jaffy any details though. Following her, Jaffy notices
something remarkable though, that she makes him, colourblind by nature,
see the full spectrum of colours for the very first time. So eventually,
he doesn't just follow her but chats her up, asks her out for a drink ...
and somehow the two become a couple even.
Meanwhile, Sia's mother (Jane
Badler) is also concerned about her daughter, if for different reasons,
and she sends Mr X (Nicholas Wightman), a former partner and friend of
Jaffy's, after her - and X sees it due to report to her that Sia and Jaffy
are dating, something that doesn't sit well with Mrs Baxter.
somehow driven by guilt to tell Sia who he is and that she was originally
his "job" ... and the next day Sia's gone, and Jaffy's beaten up
bad by a guy (Jake Ryan) sent by her mother - and however hard Jaffy tries
to turn things around, it seems he's just paying the bill for doing
"one last job" ...
Storywise, Colourblind is
rather reminiscent of classic film noirs, and especially The
Big Sleep readily comes to mind (without this film ever feeling
like a copycat), but stylistically it's very much seated in the here and
now, combining a fluid direction with a pace that's very much in tune with
the tastes of today's audiences (without relying on staccato editing), and
while the very jazzy score might seem as a reminder of yesteryear, it's
pretty cool and fittingly moody music to. And add to that a cast uniformly
up to the task, and you've got a very solid and enjoyable movie!