The opening five minutes of this film is silent, we see an old man replaying his happiest memory of going to surprise his wife at work. Then we meet Mark, a teenager, who thinks he is going insane as he hears the voice of a older man every night until he finally gives in to his thoughts and is transported, Star Trek Scotty style, to a parallel world. The old man is Andrew who we see at the very opening of the film and he explains to Mark that in order to survive in this parallel world they must kills monsters, defined as serial killers, to absorb their energy and stay alive. In this parallel world everyone Mark cares about is there but they won’t and can’t recognise him as it is a parallel world.
The film poses questions about morality: are we able as a society to justify the killing of “monsters” to stay alive. Is fear of never seeing loved ones again even if they don’t recognise us enough motivation to keep killing as Mark does? Neither his father or girlfriend recognise him and so he is given a choice: he can die and never see them again or he can keep killing monsters to see them. The irony is they view him as a stranger so in essence his desire to kill is purely a selfish one.
This film written by Edgar Michael Bravo is an audacious one and in a relative short duration, 1 hour, he manages to highlight that man will do anything to stay in alive and the flaws in our moral code: can two wrongs every make it right and just who is the monster? Through sparse dialogue and the convincing acting of the two principal actors the tension in this thriller builds up to a surprising ending.
A film that demands and commands your full attention, well worth a look.
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