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By Dave on October 19, 2017
A thought provoking film in the vein of 2001 A Space Odyssey or Blade Runner. The story ramps up from a very slow beginning which is filled with atmospheric audio that is as much a part of the dialog as the spoken lines. My biggest fear in the beginning was worrying if people were hearing me crunching on popcorn. It was quiet. I went in based upon a coin toss between it and Stephen King's IT. I was very concerned that it would turn out to be another useless environmentalist commentary. Halfway through I was still intrigued and wanted to see what came next. Having left the theater, discussing the film with the wife and getting her interpretation which differed slightly from mine (she also enjoyed it), I determined that it continued to impress even post credits while discovering others' opinions.
Don't worry, this is not an excessive thinking or ambiguous film. Those who don't get it just don't enjoy these types of movies, and that's OK - it's not for everyone. 2001, Blade Runner and other films are not for everyone, either. The film explains itself completely, even excessively, in my opinion. They could have left something to interpretation, but decided to just come out and say exactly what it was about. Some folks in the theater asked what they just saw and what it meant, what was it about. THAT confused me because the movie outright said what it was about in plain English. The marketing may be its biggest downfall, leading people to believe they were going into a traditional horror film. There is horror, it's just not straightforward like Friday the 13th or Poltergeist. The horror in this flick is more like looking into a mirror. Another challenge it evokes is difficulty in explaining it without spoiling the narrative.
You'll either like it or hate it. I enjoyed it and after watching spoiler reviews online need to see it again. It's one of those films that have many not incorrect interpretations.
If you get offended I would argue you're filtering it as a personal insult when it's just a commentary or parable. I heard outright from the director his interpretation and his meaning, but it is made in a way that leaves it open somewhat. To me it's a sort of alternate reality story, one of many timelines that could happen or already have.