Fre­quen­cies

The Luck Of Love

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated dvd & blu-ray - Dave Golder

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW! 2013 | 12 | DVD/ down­load Direc­tor: Dar­ren Paul Fisher Cast: Daniel Fraser, Eleanor Wyld, Dy­lan Llewellyn, Georgina Min­ter- Brown, Char­lie Rixon, Lily Laight

There’s a won­der­fully quirky high con­cept at the heart of this low­bud­get Brit- flick, of a kind you nor­mally wouldn’t see out­side of a film by Michel Gondry or Spike Jonze. But at its heart, Fre­quen­cies is far more SF thriller than black com­edy, and that works both for and against it.

The story takes place in a world where luck is a form of en­ergy. High fre­quency peo­ple are the luck­i­est; low fre­quency ones the un­luck­i­est. How­ever, the higher fre­quency you are, the less emo­tional you be­come. When, as school­child­ren, the very low fre­quency Zak meets the very high fre­quency Marie, they dis­cover they can­not be near to each other for more than a minute with­out dis­as­ter hap­pen­ing. He falls in love with her; she be­comes fas­ci­nated by him, on a sci­en­tific cu­rios­ity level.

The early stages of the film, fol­low­ing Zak and Marie from their school­days to young adult­hood, are sweet, in­trigu­ing and char­ac­ter- led, with some clever sto­ry­telling de­vices. How­ever, although there are hints of dead­pan hu­mour, it’s less witty and more earnest than some­thing like Eter­nal Sun­shine Of The Spot­less Mind or Her.

Then, half­way through, a whole new SF con­cept gate­crashes the story, and the film be­comes plot- driven. It’s a de­cent enough idea in it­self, but it changes the film from “indie- art­house” to “Syfy movie of the week”. Which is a shame, as it was do­ing just fine as it was.

Ex­tras: None. The spark for the idea: on a date, the direc­tor bought raf­fle tick­ets with a girl who said she “usu­ally wins”… and she did!

Carol strug­gled to keep fo­cus.

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