HARMONY: THE FIVE FREQUENCIES PART ONE
DIRECTOR Corey Pearson
CAST Jessica Falkholt, Eamon Farren, Jerome Meyer, Jacqueline Mckenzie
PLOT Harmony (Falkholt) has the ability to take away people’s fear by absorbing it, at great cost to her health. She lives a solitary existence until she meets Mason (Meyer), who provides a strange balance as the world begins to seethe with negativity and fear, personified in villain Jimmy (Farren). WHAT WAS SLATED to be actress Jessica Falkholt’s big break has tragically become her final film, following a horror car accident that claimed her life as well as the lives of her sister and parents on Boxing Day in 2017.
It is then a rather bittersweet experience watching her powerful performance as Harmony, a reluctant superhero type who can take on others’ fears as her own by touch, leaving them at peace but herself in ruins. The film has been dedicated to Falkholt and her family in a touching postscript, which seems only fitting as she really is the heart and soul of Harmony: The Five Frequencies Part One.
It’s an interesting universe that writer-director Corey Pearson has created and one the world sorely needs right now, in a time when empathy feels like it’s at an all-time low. To have a hero driven by emotional motives of literally feeling others’ pain in order to free them from it is a fascinating concept. She’s the physical embodiment of the saying “a burden shared is a burden halved”.
As Harmony takes on the pain, she weakens and is only restored to health once she drenches herself in water, the fear draining off her in the form of viscous black sludge. Having the audience being able to visualise this negativity in such a tangible form is a great way of illustrating how strongly emotions can figuratively blacken our insides.
It could (and should) promote discussion among audiences about the metaphorical power of assisting others in dealing with their pain, as well as the importance of self care. If Harmony doesn’t look after herself post fear removal, she could be overwhelmed with negativity and die.
Mason (Jerome Meyer) balances her out nicely, as he is meant to do as the embodiment of love. Though they don’t immediately know they need each other, they must join together to fight off fear itself, who manifests itself in Jimmy (the always engaging Eamon Farron).
The only real shortcoming, if you can even call it that, is Harmony leaves you wanting more. Early on we’re told there were more children born when Harmony was, under similar circumstances, alluding to them also having abilities. But there’s not enough time to explore that in a 90 minute film, leaving just the main storyline.
This creates a thirst to know more of the ideals of balancing elements such as love vs. fear personified; more explanation of the bleak universe in which these powerful people exist; and more about the consequences of destroying them, or splitting them up, creating a universal emotional imbalance. You know, kind of like the world it feels like we’re slipping into now thanks to the Trump administration and the philosophy of everything being all black or all white, with no grey areas.
One can’t help but feel like these engaging themes would benefit enormously from a TV series where all five elements alluded to in Harmony and the rest of the engaging and promising saga can be explored thoroughly.
VERDICT A gritty, emotional twist on the superhero genre that leaves the viewer wanting to know more about this fascinating universe. Bring on a sequel… or even a television series?
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