Fringe SciFi: Into the Forest

Source: IMDB

Ratings: IMDB – 6.1, Metacritic – 59, RottenTomatoes – 77%

Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi1945023513/

Plot summary: After a massive power outage, two sisters learn to survive on their own in their isolated woodland home.

Tag line: Hope is power

Director: Patricia Rozema

Writers: Patricia Rozema, Jean Hegland (her novel)

Novel: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/86236.Into_the_Forest

Cast: Ellen Page (Inception, ReGenesis), Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld, S1m0ne), Max Minghella, Callum Rennie (Battlestar Galactica, The Butterfly Effect), Michael Eklund (Errors of the Human Body, The Divide)

Streaming: Amazon, iTunes

In short: Worth watching If you like slow dramas and minimalistic post-apocalyptic settings.

Alternatives: Jericho TV show

Source: IMDB

Some sci fi fans may argue this is not sci fi. Hints of technology in the first half indicate currently non-existing tech and it’s set in the future, although again just hinted. This is not some Marvel comic conversion, that’s for sure. The movie doesn’t revolve around a global issue like most blockbuster production but instead concentrates on two 20 something sisters and how they deal with the effects of a power failure in their country that last for more than a year. They are without parents and without any training or skills how to survive in a world without electricity, gas, Internet, cell phone coverage and 24/7 retail stores. Move is a study on coping with traumatic events, fear and interaction between the sister more that their interaction with the barren world.

Worth noting that this movie uses upper body female nudity when it’s logical unlike main stream North American productions awkwardly avoiding it in recent years. Let’s not start ranting on avoiding male nudity.

SPOILERS AND RANTS AHEAD

We are hinted of the movie happening in the future because screens that the father uses for reading news and children on their computers are see trough. It is effective for general population but how usable and readable would these screens actually be is questionable. Another hint is a cell phone that one sister uses that lights up like a Christmas tree when used. When we did realize this was set in the future nothing else affirms this. The family car is a 1980’s Jeep Cherokee and when they go to town there are no cars or any other hits this is set in the future in line with the unrealistic transparent screens. I know this was not an A production but still. It affects the experience.

The whole movie looks sparse. Sparse in the sense, girls live in a house in a forest, 2 gallons of gas away from the nearest town but in a year’s time they have exactly 2 visitors. Didn’t they have friends that are in their 20’s? What about family and friends? What about looters? We never hear any weapons firing, nor was the army ever activated. Everything just went silent. A bit more context would be helpful. And the only dangerous animals in the woods were wild boars, no wolves, bears, lynxes.

The way they arranged father’s accident is fish too. He cut himself with a chainsaw and dies very soon after so it must be massive bleeding but the blood is nowhere to be seen.

In the end movie addicts are right to ask why did it have to be set in the future? If the money was tight why not do some alternate reality scenario set in 2015? That way they would be able to save money they spent VFXing the screens and the phone. It would still work.

Feel free to add your 10 cents in the comments and where did you manage to see this movie. The spice must flow!

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