This deceptively simple tale is a fine example of making the most of limitations. The titular Mr. Lewis is given a chance by an animal-masked stranger speaking through a voice-changer megaphone to travel back to the moment his girlfriend was murdered and attempt to put things right. There are echoes of The Prisoner, Seven and The Butterfly Effect to be found here.
Writer/director Louisa Fielden uses locations sparingly and keeps the plot moving with an intelligent balance of menace and dark humour, she is aided by the commendable performance of Simon Higgins in the title role. Higgins lends a degree of likability to Mr. Lewis that would otherwise scupper the film; the story itself is particularly predictable and uses a fragmented time structure to make things interesting, but is still firmly rooted in a simple and overt three act structure.
Shot on a Red One camera the film looks excellent, the director of photography Dominik Rippl does a great job with the flashback scenes and makes good use of the voice-changer megaphone’s eerie LEDs in the ‘underworld’ segments. In all, the marriage of elements here is very strong, but there’s an overwhelming sense that this is a taste of things to come and you feel that all involved are capable of producing something a little more innovative than this. That is, by no means, a negative remark, this is a strong short film that shows great promise and ear-marks all involved as future talents to watch for and the production company – Change Films – as an intriguing, independent outlet.
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