Isaac Ward (Josh Bangle) lives in a world of black and white, he goes about his days just like everybody else not expecting anything bad to happen and generally hoping for the best. Then one day Isaac is shot in the street and he starts bleeding red. Rushed to hospital, the doctor says he’s never seen anything like this before and Isaac is quarantined.
His wife, Victoria (Cat Merritt) is understandably worried about him, but she knows he can pull through and overcome the virus of colour that is spreading throughout his body. However, Isaac doesn’t feel any different and once he recovers for his wounds, he escapes the hospital finding that there are others like him that are being hunted down.
Monochrome: The Chromism is a science fiction drama shot in black and white, written and directed by Kodi Zene. Cleverly using colour to get its points across, Monochrome feels like a dystopian sequel to 1998’s Pleasantville and one that speaks to a modern audience who feels the tightening grip of hatred and intolerance coming from all sides.
What could have been a rather heavy-handed analogy though, comes across as much more balanced because of the way the world feels today. It seems that today no matter what gender, sexuality, race or political standpoint may be, there is always somebody passionately opposing your view so Monochrome never tells its audience what to believe.
Instead it lets the characters experiences be an imprint of the audience’s own. No matter how you feel, Monochrome’s message of communication over hatred and prejudice is something we all share.
Josh Bangle and Ryan Barnes play their parts well as brothers forced onto different sides with the latter chasing down the former. Although they don’t physically resemble brothers all that well, their performances shed light on their characters’ points of view, keeping the audience watching as their conflict escalates.
However, there are parts that feel a little out of place, such as the villain and his masked henchmen which certainly have different connotations today as to when the movie was shot. Also, the monologues from Isaac that bookend the movie make it feel more like an extended pilot for a television show rather than an insightful and clever science fiction movie which it is for the most part.
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