Directed and Written by PJ Woodside
Runtime- 88 minutes
Big Biting Pig Productions
Frances Stein (played by PJ Woodside) is a woman on a mission, hell bent and determined to see her field of research (‘Memory Retrieval Project’) come to a head no matter, it would appear, the cost. Though are her testing methods ethical, immoral, illegal? Do the means justify the ends? Her husband and partner appears to think not citing divorce and legal proceedings (based on falsifying documents to retain funding - fraud) preferring instead the company (recent marriage) of a younger (brighter?) scientist by the name of Professor Jane Ellis.
Another individual is however loyal to a fault. Avery (brilliantly portrayed by Cody Rodgers) could very well be called Frances’ ‘Igor’ (in her own words). He’s brilliant, trustworthy, doesn’t ask questions and more importantly yet he can be trusted.
But what exactly is Frances working on? There are interested parties including newly married Jane (leaving the audience to wonder does she have ulterior motives?) who will stop at nothing, even turning to unconventional means using prototype equipment (most certainly not for general consumption), in terrifying ways to extract information
Great performances and well written characters make this film work effectively.
A narrative of sorts keeps the storyline intriguing and may leave the audience at odds pondering upon the timeframe of certain events, a cunning tactic that is executed to a tee and comes to full fruition (making cohesive sense for any viewer still paying attention) in the film’s final stanza.
Making the very best of a miniscule budget, rumored to be only ten thousand dollars, the filmmakers, producers and writing team have achieved what many strive to with a budget many times the size. Bravo.