The Endless (2017)

The Endless
Director: Justin BensonAaron Moorhead
Writer: Justin Benson
Cast: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Callie HernandezJames JordanEmily MontagueTate EllingtonLew TempleRic SarabiaKira Powell
Part of: Secret Society Screening at the /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 1.10.2017

Justin (Justin Benson) and Aaron (Aaron Moorhead) are brothers who managed to get out of a cult and have slowly been adjusting to life outside of it. But when they get a video from another member of the cult, it re-opens that chapter of their lives and the two decide to head back there to figure things out and find closure. However, once they arrive, the cult starts to make more sense than they ever thought before.

If The Endless hadn’t been a surprise screening, I probably would have avoided it – that’s how much I hated Benson and Moorhead’s first film, Spring. But I have to admit that Endless wasn’t bad, even though I didn’t fall head over heels for it.

The Endless is far from perfect. It runs too long. The character development could have used a little more work to really finetune where the two brothers go and why. And the timey-wimey stuff wasn’t completely logical for me, but then that stuff is incredibly hard to get right and what right are we talking about anyway and wrapping your head around that is half the fun of movies that play with time, so I can’t judge it too harshly for that.

And I generally liked the idea. I liked the beginning where Aaron and Justin show how difficult it is for them to re-adjust to life outside the cult. That stuff is hard work and needs a lot of effort and the process will be different for everyone. And I also liked how they built up the cult itself and slowly uncovered what’s going on there.

Despite the lengths, the film does manage to create tension and I was invested in the story. The special effects were also really great, especially for such a low-budget production.

Usually I’d say that the film could have used more women, but judging from Spring and its female protagonist, I’m glad that they focused on the men here – there’s just less possibilities for misogyny.

All of that means that the film is a clear step up from Benson and Moorhead’s earlier efforts and an actually enjoyable film.

Summarizing: Good.

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