Tune in, wig out
Release Date: 27 March
15 | 97 minutes Director: William Eubank Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp, Laurence Fishburne, Lin Shaye
Not to be confused with
the 2007 apocalyptic portmanteau of the same name, writer/ director William Eubank’s follow- up to Love does share certain similiarities. Like its namesake, it feels like three different films squished together.
It begins as an impressionistic road movie, segues into paranoid sci- fi, then morphs into something completely unhinged. Nic ( Brenton Thwaites) and nerdy friend Jonah ( Beau Knapp) are driving crosscountry to drop Nic’s girlfriend Haley ( Olivia Cooke) at college in California. His degenerative disease is getting worse, so he’s pushing her away; she thinks they’re splitting up and can’t bear it. This story strand alone would be compelling enough to sustain most movies, but the trio are lured off course by a mysterious hacker called Nomad to a spooky shack in the desert.
The second part finds them quarantined, with strange physical ailments and Holocaust- style numbers on their bodies. They’re also being monitored by unseen forces from behind two- way glass…
The three leads give smart, sensitive performances throughout the weirdness that follows, aided by David Lanzenberg’s Terrence Malick- alike cinematography, and some extraordinary practical effects. But this is Eubank and his fellow writers’ calling card, and it slips so elegantly from genre to genre that you never know where’ll they’ll take you next. Matt Glasby
“I am not getting a new t- shirt!”