How would you cope if you felt like you were going to die within the next 24 hours?
Writer and director Amy Seimetz (“Alien: Covenant”, “Pet Sematary”) created this colorful tale of death and mystery that keeps me confused hours after watching it.
Amy, Kate Lynn Shell (“Brigsby Bear“, “High Maintenance (TV)”), wanders home after a fight with her boyfriend, detailing to herself on the fact that she will be dying tomorrow. While sitting in silence and researching urns on Amazon, she decides to call her friend Jane, Jane Adams, “Brisgby Bear“, “Hung (TV)”) and tell her the news.
Jane believes this to be related to a recent relapse as Amy’s a recovering alcoholic, so she decides to come over to check on her. Once there, Jane tries to calm Amy, but Amy delves deep into the death conversation.
Jane leaves confused but like a spreadable illness, Jane begins to have thoughts that she may die tomorrow tool. Like a domino effect, she begins to take this contagion everywhere she goes, and unknowingly shatters lives in the process.
Seimetz immediately grabs your attention from the opening scene as we’re thrown into chaos from an unknown POV. This is Seimetz’ feature film directing debut, but she has been in the industry for two decades primarily as an actress. I hope to see what she can do with a bigger budget, because what she does with so little is extraordinary.
She has a top-notch indie cast at her disposal that bring everything they have in every scene. Chris Messina (“The Mindy Project (TV)”, “Birds of Prey“), Katie Asleton (“The League (TV)”, “Bombshell”), and ‘TvVon the Radio’ Frontman Tunde Adebimpe are the standouts as those that must take action when something doesn’t go as planned.
The score by the Mondo Boys should not be ignored as well. It’s as beautiful as it is haunting, and they like to make sure you fear what’s next for these characters.
I believe this film relates to our society especially with how quickly false news gets spread and how it creates an even quicker fear. Instead of trying to figure out why or what happened, it becomes acceptance of the fear and just embrace the outcome.
We are all okay and not okay, and Seimetz makes sure we don’t know the difference.