Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@ddmcd.com) consults from Alexandria Virginia. His services include writing & research, proposal development, and project management. Follow him on Google+. He publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain and volunteers with the Alexandria Film Festival. He is also on Linkedin. To subscribe to emailed updates about additions to this web site click here.

Travis Milloy's INFINITY CHAMBER

Travis Milloy's INFINITY CHAMBER

Movie review by Dennis D. McDonald

At times I thought to myself, "This reminds me of 1984's Chestnut Tree Cafe."

Amidst overblown and overhyped big budget "event" films it is indeed a pleasure to come across a modest, intelligent, and freshly creative movie like INFINITY CHAMBER.

At first the story elements seem over-familiar: a guy wakes up in a high tech prison cell with his only companion a robotic camera accompanied by a disembodied voice telling him its purpose is to "keep him alive." Gradually it becomes clear that he's being subjected to a series of memory enhancement "processes" designed to elicit from him some kind of sensitive military intelligence. Repeatedly he experiences an arrival at a coffee shop, he strikes up a relationship with the waitress, and he is eventually arrested. Rinse and repeat. Each time this happens he has a slightly different perspective. He and we the viewers begin to suspect what's going on.

Sets are minimal, special effects are modest but effective, and the few actors onscreen are more well-suited to the task of communicating the effects of a bizarre situation. It's the old "what's real what's not real" tale but with an intelligent script, great acting, and excellent photography and editing. At times I thought to myself, "This reminds me of 1984's Chestnut Tree Cafe."

Highly recommended for someone looking for a unique and well constructed tale.

Review copyright (c) 2018 by Dennis D. McDonald

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