Stasis is quite an exceptional piece of film making. For a start there is a story – a real one and not just a situation in which an A-lister gurns through the motions until the unavoidable optimistic ending.
The movie has a definite vibe too, which is one of almost unrelieved sobriety throughout and when one likes one’s science fiction of a darker hue then this is the perfect antidote to the plethora of SciFi Lite with which we have to make do at the moment.
The plot is straightforward – at least on preliminary inspection. At some point in the near future a soldier is undergoing a series of virtual exercises in order to cure his Post Traumatatic Stress Disorder. Through the simulations he catches glimpses of a girl – one he feels he must have had some sort of serious relationship with.
Then a stranger appears in the facility in which he is being treated with a promise. Do what he says or the soldier will never see the girl again.
The film boasts an excellent and enigmatic cast. Reshad Strik is a revelation in the main role and Beau Bridges and Ernie Hudson bring different but balanced measures of menace to the screen. Although Rachel Specter’s role is somewhat limited she brings a lovely presence to an otherwise bleak cinematography.
The movie for me brought to mind Children of Men in parts because the future is painted in a realistic manner. It is different enough to feel somewhat foreign but familiar enough to resonate and be recognisable.
If you are naturally a page flicker when online, as I am, then you may have to persevere with the first few minutes – but be assured that your patience will be richly rewarded. Hats off to director Christian Swegal and everyone else involved in this awesome piece of dystopic film making.
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