Tuesday, October 27, 2020

31 Days of Halloween - Day 27 - Movie

A group of friends enter the house of their friend Tyler. They find Tyler's mom, dead of an apparent overdose, and a paranoid Tyler hiding in a closetmwho then attacks and injures two of them with a knofe before being subdued. Some time later the group has a reuinion, and a wake for Tyler's mother, at her cabin in the woods. The rebonding between the group is a rough process. No one really trusts Tyler even though he's on medication and claims he's better. While scattering his mother's ashes, Tyler witnesses a shimmering, permeable wall surrounding him. He thinks it's a hallucination until later his friends all witness it too, only now it has expanded into a long corridor. This anomoly starts rewiring their brains. They can hear the pilots talking in a plane flying far overhead, then they start intercepting each others private inner thoughts. Paranoia grows as do violent acts, and everything begins to unravel. This corridor just wants to connect, but not simply between itself and the friends, but connect the friends as well, and this is something human brains just weren't meant to do without adverse consequences. QWhen Tyler figures out that the goal is much larger than simply the Corridor and the five of them he tries to stop it. The Corridor (2010) is an ambitious, low budget, well acted movie, that slipped under my radar. It is similar in nature to H.P. Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space" or Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, with an alien phenomenon that begins to transform the life forms living within it's influence. The script, by Josh MacDonald, is well written, but I had some issues with the pacing. It has a nice slow build to it, letting the interrelationships between the characters breathe and isolating Tyler from the others. Once the violence sets in, it seems like everything begins to happen all at once and then the movie is over, taking away a lot of the satisfaction that viewing the first 2/3 brought. If you want a smart, though uneven, science fiction/horror film that doesn't spell everything out, you may want to give this a look. If you need something with more visceral chills and thrills, this probably is not for you.

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