Movie Review: SIMPLE CREATURE

SIMPLE CREATURE was directed by Andrew Finnigan and stars Carollani Sandberg, D’Angelo Madili, Russell Hodgkinson, Alycia Delmore, Tony Doupé and Hans Altwies.

Techie college student, Em (Carollani Sandberg) heads home for holiday break, blissfully thinking about her new boyfriend is on the way. However, her life is put on hold when the bus she is taking crashes, nearly killing her. Em’s father, Roy (Tony Doupe) is grief stricken. He is also the head of an advanced genetics, nanotech, and robotics lab. Here, he is able to bring her back to normal, with additional technology-enhanced abilities. While Em struggles to find her humanity after being upgraded, Roy’s lab struggles to control their most successful experiment.

Em is in this tragic accident that nearly kills her but thankfully her extremely gifted and caring father works at this advanced genetics lab and is able to perform some experimental procedures on her that ultimately saves her life. In a sense, she has been reborn. The majority of the movie follows Em and her road to recovery along with the changes that she has undergone after her life is saved. She’s still the same girl on the outside even though there are certain things about her that have been enhanced or altered. But is she the same girl on the inside?

There is this social awkwardness about Em that sets off this eerie vibe because it always looks like she’s about to snap and some of the people around her are afraid of her. The movie also focuses on how they all deal with Em’s new lease on life and how it affects them. What happens is, the lab that Em’s father works for wants to keep her under their watchful control but Em wants to be free and goes on the run with the help of her father. The sinister lab dogs go after her and even take out the people she cares about most (or do they?) but in the end Em is able to elude captivity – or does she?

Bottom line is, Simple Creature wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be but it wasn’t all bad either. It’s an indie sci-fi thriller that takes more of a grounded approach to the whole Frankenstein concept and it’s an extreme slow burn. The movie is more story and character driven so don’t go into it thinking you’re going to get some kind of special effects show because that’s not happening. What you do get is a decent story with some good acting and interesting characters that drive the movie all the way to the thought-provoking finale. This allows the viewer to give their own interpretation of how Em’s tragic journey actually ends – or continues on. This modern day telling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is available on DVD and On Demand and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Indican Pictures

Run Time: 92 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

 

 

 

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