Saturday, January 16, 2010

INK (2009) - FILM

Fantastic indie film executed with skill and talent that falters badly in the acting department.

As the light fades and the city goes to sleep, two forces emerge. They are invisible except for the power they exert over us in our sleep, battling for our souls through dreams. One force delivers hope and strength through good dreams; the other infuses the subconscious with desperation through nightmares. John (Chris Kelly) and Emma (Quinn Hunchar), Father and Daughter are wrenched into this fantastical dream world battle, forced to fight for John's soul and to save Emma from an eternal nightmare. Separate in their journey, they encounter unusual characters that exist only in their subconscious. Or do they?

The ideas behind INK are of the highest caliber. The direction/writing/editing/sound design by the crew go above and beyond any indie film I've seen all year. It's so good, that even with the community theater theatrics from the cast, the drama is STILL successfully conveyed by everything else. There's a few action scenes that are competently choreographed, but not structured to be awe inspiring, only to convey the emotion of the scenario. It's not about showing off, which means we get a lot of shaky cam to make things look EXTREME!

On the negative side of things, the decision to blow out the whites seems to be like a needless stylistic tick. It makes things look overproduced and cheap. It takes a long time for things to make sense (About forty minutes) and a lot of people I talked too actually gave up on the film because of it's confusing structure. Even when everything does line out, there's a lot left unexplained an just a little feels lazy.

Given the budget, I have no doubt that Director Jamin Winans will deliver a classic. He doesn't quite make it here, but he does a damn good job.

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