THE INFINITE MAN | MOVIE REVIEW

Kernel Andrew Brusentsev reviews another superb Australian film for 2014, that again will no doubt slip under the radar, make little money, and again go towards the destruction and doom of the Australian film industry, you can stop this, yes YOU. Heed our advice, when we rave about an Australian film being awesome, go and see it. Save yourself from the abysmal pit of crap that is the majority of Hollywood films. See something with culture, think of Hollywood as McDonalds, would you rather let your eyes eat a 3 Michelen hatted film meal? If you answered yes then THE INFINITE MAN is for you. A brilliant Australian film coming to screens on SEPTEMBER 18TH – I can only find it currently listed at Dendy Cinemas, but check your local independent cinema for further details or head to Dendy. It is being released by Hedone Productions, is rated MA15+ and runs for 85mins. They have a Facebook page and Twitter feed you can also stalk. All the best……….JK.

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REVIEW BY ANDREW BRUSENTSEV

There seems to be a common thread at the moment of excellent indie time travel movies coming out. The thoroughly brilliant SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED and the mostly excellent FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TIME TRAVEL being two off the top of my head. Enter in a new contender, the Australian time travel romcom, THE INFINITE MAN. This is a rare breed of movie for Australia. This is a movie that uses the constant pileup of future and past events with both a mixture of humour, heartache and fierce intelligence. Frequently all at the same time, all in the same conversation, sometimes even in the same sentence. This movie is Hugh Sullivan’s first feature film and could easily have slipped under the radar as a hipster lightweight comic fantasy. But that is just one reading of the proceedings. Underneath there are rich layers that gradually increase with mind bending, time shifting regularity until what you have is a thoroughly brilliant network of events and performances. What we have as a result is a smart, funny and moving representation of a couple’s trials and tribulations through the wormhole of time travel.

 

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With all of that going on what is more impressive is that our attention is held by only three people on camera. It is a credit to all the actors who weave a very minimalist interpretation of a very complex metastory.  The story at its crux is that of young obsessive young scientist Dean (Josh McConville) who is attempting to jump start his faltering relationship with Lana (Hannah Marshall). He is doing this by taking her to an abandoned seaside resort for their anniversary.  The problem is they were here a year ago and Dean has a schedule. He will recreate every event exactly as it was a year ago in excruciating detail.

When they arrive at their holiday destination they quickly work out that the whole of the motel complex has been abandoned. Dean doesn’t miss a beat, he has a list and come hell or high water he is going to recreate his anniversary holiday for his love. Things seem to get back on track until another spanner in the works arrives. Lana’s ex-lover Terry (Alex Dimitriades in a brilliant performance) has pursued her here and it seems he won’t take no for an answer. There is a confrontation and Dean leaves the two of them, as it appears that Lana has chosen Terry. Or has she?

Heartbroken Dean spends the next year engaged in lonely laboratory experiments, eventually creating a time machine. He uses this to return to the past in an attempt to perfect this weekend and end up happily with Lana. That’s the plan anyway. But what happens is something else entirely. Instead of creating relationship bliss he instigates a seemingly endless loop of events that build up to progressively absurd heights.

 

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THE INFINITE MAN | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | DEAN (JOSH MCCONVILLE) AND TERRY (ALEX DIMITRIADES) FIGHT

 

Even though there are only three actors with the benefit of a series of time travelling loops we have multiple versions of each character. As the movie progresses there are multiples of the three characters running around the motel. They trade places; trick each other and attempt to manipulate the different time streams. They all have inadvertently created an infinite loop. Dean becomes utterly baffled as to whether anything might solve their conundrum.

Each one of the actors is brilliant in their nuanced performances. Even though we see the events play out time and time again we experience it from a different perspective and with the benefit of different knowledge. The scenes become more and more hilarious as we repeat them over and over. The challenges for the actors soon becomes apparent to the audience. At some points I thought the performances were a little off but then once you go round the loop again you realise why. It is superbly done. Sullivan’s clever direction dangles small encounters throughout the purposefully cluttered story like puzzle pieces. Confused yet? You should be. Our three hapless time travellers sure are.

 

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THE INFINITE MAN is as good a time travel movie as I have seen. For me ranking up there with SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, another brilliant gem.  The direction is light throughout the proceedings, Sullivan allows the actors to breathe. This would make an absolutely superb stage play (ED note – HOW? – there are only one of each actor in real life). There is also a great score by Zoë Barry and Jed Palmer, echoing both poignant moments as well as the wackiness of the proceedings.

There is heart, emotion and craziness distilled to a fantastic movie. This is a modern Australian masterpiece as far as I am concerned. Stay for the acting and let the story affect you as it did me.

With movies like this our cinematic voices in this country are in good hands. (ED note – as long as people are listening!! GO AND SEE IT!!!!)

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4 and a Half Pops