Last Moment of Clarity

All of us have had the experience of catching a flash of someone we think we know on in a place where we don’t expect them. That feeling would be amplified if the person we think we have seen is dead. I expect that in that situation you might think you are losing your mind.

Such is the state of affairs for American Sam (Zach Avery – Fury, Farming), a young man who is not in good shape. That is because he saw his fiancee Georgia (Samara Weaving – Guns Akimbo, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) murdered in front of his eyes by members of the Bulgarian mob. After this horrible event, Sam has to flee New York for his own safety and hides in Paris. The only person he seems to talk to is bar owner Gilles (Brian Cox – from television’s Succession).

While in a movie theatre one day, Sam sees something he cannot believe. Georgia up on the screen. He is convinced it is her, but she is now an actress who goes by the name Lauren Clerk. To get to the bottom of things, Sam is going to travel to Los Angeles in an attempt to find Georgia/Lauren.

Once there he goes to a movie premiere of a film starring Georgia/Lauren. He gets in and tries to talk to her. The actress does not respond to him calling out her name. At the premiere he does meet Kat (Carly Chalkin – from television’s Mr. Robot), a woman who knows him from school. Kat gets him into the after party where he gets an opportunity to talk to Georgia/Lauren. She denies being Georgia. Sam is still convinced it is her.

All this brings the two former lovers in the crosshairs of mob boss Ivan Demisovski (Udo Kier – The Painted Bird, Melancholia), which put everyone close to Georgia/Lauren and Sam in danger.

Meant to be a thriller, this lacks that certain oomph which is essential to the genre. Without it the whole raison d’etre of the film collapses. Nothing the actors do can change that. Though I do have to say that while Chalkin and Weaving turned in good performances, lead Avery’s is rather wooden. That also takes a little bit of the air out of the tires of this film.

Another problem is the ending. While most of the film advances at a snail’s pace, the last third has a rather rushed feel to it. Directors/screenwriters Colin and James Krisel (first film) do not manage their time well. Spending too much time on the build up and not enough on the pay off. The rushing leads to the film feeling like it never really has a climax.

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