Writer: Richard Mundy (Screenplay)
Starring: Andrew Kinsler, Peter McCrohon
Plot: A lone scientist maintains an underground bunker for the coming global nuclear disaster. But after becoming prematurely isolated, he slowly begins to question his own reality and whether he is truly alone.
Tagline – Terror in the 21st Century
Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Doesn’t Reach the Potential
Story: It Lives starts in the near future, where scientists have been set on solo mission to underground bunkers, Roy (Kinsler) is one of these scientists, he must live alone in the bunker follow answers from a computer system that can’t see errors happening and needing fixing.
When the unthinkable happens and the nuclear disaster happens on the surface, Roy is facing years alone preparing to return to the surface, but not everything is what it seems for Roy.
Thoughts on It Lives
Characters – Roy is the only character we meet, a specially selected scientist to run an underground bunker in case of a nuclear disaster on the surface, he struggles to follow the rules at times and soon finds himself question his own sanity when he believes something isn’t right here.
Performances – Andrew Kinsler must carry this movie with his performance, well certain moments he is strong, it does struggle to capture our attention to the levels required for a solo performed movie.
Story – The story here follows a scientist that has been placed in a bunker to prepare Earth for after a nuclear disaster which hasn’t happened yet, he soon starts to lose his mind and question just what is real or not. We are left to wonder along with the character whether this is just a test, or a nuclear disaster does actually happen. This on paper is a wonderful idea, the execution is what holds this film back at times because it soon descends into a story we have seen before offering nothing other than a man losing his mind and running around.
Mystery/Sci-Fi – The mystery revolves around why he is in the bunker, mostly what is he doing in there to keep himself occupied before turning into what is he thinking is going on. The sci-fi elements show us just how the world could go if things were to go this way.
Settings – The film is set within the bunker, it keeps the action in the film feeling contained which is all we want for the most part of the film.
Special Effects – The effects are used well and only when we need them, this is another plus for this movie.
Final Thoughts – This is a film with a lot of potential, it doesn’t reach it all, but by the end you will be scratching your head.
Overall: Just as unsure as Roy.