You can tell right away that this movie was someone’s baby while watching it because a lot of style and effort went into it. In fact, this Mexican 2015 Supernatural Thriller was written, produced and directed all by Isaac Ezban, and this is only his second feature film.
The movie almost feels like a play, taking place in one isolated bus-station during a massive thunderstorm and the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre. The atmosphere in the bus-station is other-worldly, being in muted, de-saturated colors and dream-like effects. It’s very reminiscent of 1960’s television shows like Dark Shadows and The Twilight Zone (the latter, being an inspiration for the film).
As the storm rages outside, multiple people find themselves stranded inside, unable to leave, and fighting against dire circumstances (one character is missing the birth of his child, another is fleeing her abusive spouse). As these characters are thrust together, in the midst of the political and natural threats, they realize that they begin changing and something is not quite right.
It’s a roller coaster of emotions, but stay there. It’s worth it. There’s a lot going on, but stick with it even after the first reveal. You will double-take. You will laugh. Maybe roll your eyes. I was there, too, friend. I was close to walking away…
But I didn’t. And you shouldn’t.
It takes a while to get there, to the meat of the message, all the way to the end, but it’s good. It has a lot to say and says it in a weird, but unique way. Yes, it’s familiar to an obvious Twilight Zone episode, but if you scratch deeper, there’s more to be discovered.
Brain Roll Juice:
There’s a good deal of juice to roll your brain in. To frame the movie around this period and this incident is fascinating, especially with the ending. That’s why while it’s easy to point to a certain Twilight Zone episode it’s similar to (pun intended), there’s more to the story (i.e., individuality and its sacrifices).
The acting, visuals, music and writing are superb, especially with the reveal. Ezban’s effort paid off.(4 / 5)