The Infinite Man came to Dungog Festival off the back of successful screenings at MIFF and SXSW, where it picked up accolades and praise for its inventive plot and engaging characters. It came as quite a shock, then, to have had such a violently negative reaction to Hugh Sullivan’s feature, which is both narratively and intellectually dull. It is a film that traffics in false ambition, using a now-tiresome premise and holding it up as some evidence of narrative complexity,…
Hyper stylised thriller that is something of a slow burn but never not interesting. Usage of music and those bookending montages were superb complements to the general unease garnered by colour palette alone.
Whilst the imagery is there (alongside Villeneuve's predilection for sudden plot shifts as darkly comic reminders of life's futility), I feel like Enemy is somewhat empty. The ultimate notions of fidelity and identity, whilst interesting, are simplistic narrative arcs. Even the final shot, that garners raves, worked…
This was a very confusing film to enjoy. On the one hand, it's completely idiotic and void of meaning (any attempt to find a point to the film is giving it more credit than it's worth) and on the other hand, in certain moments the cinematography is fantastic, it is really funny at times and is anchored by a very good James Franco performance.
I know it's bad, that much I can ascertain. It is not terrible, though. It's no…