Sunday, March 12, 2017

Antibirth (2016)

Now that I am settling back into a bit of a routine with movies having finished After the Static, I definitely seem to have a different perspective on certain things. As I move forward in the next week working on the online companion to the book, I will still be finding some time to dive into the blog. Tomorrow will be a review of the stage adaptation of 1984. Tonight is a movie that in ways were both fascinating and frightening for different reasons, the 2016 indie flick Antibirth.

Plot/ In a desolate community full of drug-addled Marines and rumors of kidnapping, a wild-eyed stoner named Lou wakes up after a wild night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and recurring visions as she struggles to get a grip on reality while stories of conspiracy spread.

Antibirth is a strange movie. Not really a horror film (even with some early creepiness), it is more of a strange art-house character study that travels into the weird or surreal. This indie has some odd moments and features some solid performances from an outstanding cast, some interesting characters, and a tremendous script that is both entertaining and engaging. Sure, there are some moments where the lack of budget and uneven plot shine through, but those elements do nothing to derail the film. Overall, it is one of the better indie flicks I have seen come around in some time. In the end, Antibirth is a movie that will either be loved or hated for many different reasons within the storyline. Personally, I loved it. While it is not for everyone, I think that there are many people out there like me who will love it.

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