“Eternal Code” follows a scientist named Bridget (Erika Hoveland,) who is the CEO of a company that makes a scientific breakthrough that could alter the course of human aging.
When she realizes something sinister is going on with the company she agreed to develop the prototype with she wants to call off the deal, this sets off a chain of events that spark kidnappings, murders, and rivalries all to silence Bridget and get the two companies to merge.
Although this premise sounds good in writing, in execution, unfortunately, not so much. Though I give points to the cinematography, by DP Jackson Swan, and attention to detail in the production design, the rest of the film just ends up coming off as a cheap copy of “Self/Less” (2015,) which wasn’t very good either.
There’s too many plates spinning in the air in this film, too many interjecting storylines and subplots that make it hard to follow, all of that coupled with a script laden with some cheesy dialogue and sub-par acting leaves much to be desired. The low, gravely bad guy voices are cliche and tired to the point where most of the acting in this film comes off like side characters from a cancelled 1980’s soap opera.
The sound design is distracting as well as the score, this film was obviously a massive undertaking to produce independently and lacks focus. If the story were to be about Bridget, it needed to be centered around her, the random homeless guy and hooker getting wrapped up into a side-plot that revolves around Bridget’s daughter (Angelina Danielle Cama) was hard to follow and didn’t really make much sense.
All of this being said I do think the filmmaker, Harley Wallen, has talent and probably a cult following. I appreciate the amount of effort that went into this, the production must have been taxing and I know there are groups of people out there that enjoy low-budget action films that don’t take themselves too seriously, in the same vein as there are groups of people who enjoy low-budget horror.
This one simply isn’t for me and I can’t recommend it to anyone who doesn’t frequently watch underground films because you will probably be there, scratching your head, for the entire 1 hour 47 minute duration of the film, and thinking to yourself “this couldn’t even be on Lifetime!” You wouldn’t be wrong, but there are probably some people out there who like this kind of thing. Just not the general population.
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