Saturday, 9 February 2013

i and i versus me

What a run of the mill movie it turned out to be. The main reason I watched it was the description intrigued me that it might contain some interesting elements.

"Focusing on the timeless themes of jealousy, murder and betrayal, 'I Against I' is set over one night and utilises different time lines to reveal a dark and unexpected conclusion to a simple mystery premise."

Let's unpack that, eh? "the timeless themes of jealousy, murder and betrayal" = generic movie of a crime drama involving incompetent people who only manage to work out the plot due to sheer coincidence. Not an actual original movie.

"utilises different time lines" = flashbacks. This is, of course, the potentially interesting element. And this has a lot of potential for interesting story telling. We see the version where person one whacks person two over the head and kills them, and what does that mean? But then we also see person two getting away in time, but then what does that mean?

There could be a movie that focuses on that, but then that'd be seen as 'science fiction' or something, and frowned upon, and wouldn't be considered to even be able to have a plot with 'characters' and 'development' and be nothing but a 'gimmick'. So it will certainly not be possible for any mainstream movie to be that.

On the other hand, every mainstream movie could have been this.


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