Ch-ch-ch-changes! In 2016 the death of the iconic David Bowie knocked us all for a loop. Instead up doing a straight up film about the effect it had on us, director/screenwriter Liz Manashil (Bread and Butter) transforms it into a sci fi film.
The death of David Bowie was a huge blow for millions of people including June (Allison Tolman – from television’s Emergence). When she brings her heartache to her partner Edward (Ray Santiago – In Time, Meet the Fockers) it leads to a deeper conversation about their relationship. It becomes quickly obvious that June is not entirely happy, which comes as a surprise to Edward.
While they are in the middle of a fight about it, poof, Edward just disappears. This throws June. Edward finds himself having gone through a portal which has transported him forward 24 years. He arrives exactly where he left, but still the same age he was. Whereas June (Ann Dowd – from television’s The Handmaid’s Tale) has aged 24 years, so is on the cusp of turning 60.
Life has changed over the 24 years, in that once humans reach the age of 60 they are put in government run retirement homes. No choice. June, who is approaching 60, has remained in the house that she and Edward lived in. Thinking about him often and now he is in front of her. Looking exactly the same. June is also in a long term relationship with a man (Jeff Perry – from television’s Scandal). Edward’s appearance is mind blowing for everyone involved.
Though it is a rather interesting watch with several good performances especially by Dowd and Perry, I could not help but think that I wasn’t sure if what was involved was enough for a full length feature. Even though it is only 76 minutes long there seems to be plenty of filler here. Like there wasn’t enough story to go around.
I did enjoy the linking of a transcendent artist like David Bowie causing change in the people’s lives in a variety of ways. Some which are not obvious. Almost magical. That even when they are gone their influence/art lives on. Almost like it goes through a wormhole suffering no aging in the process. Speaking of aging, it also warns us against losing all that was important or marking to us in our younger days.
Speed of Life is available on VOD on Apple TV, Prime Video, Google Play and others.