Fantasia Film Review: Radius

Liam is having a strange day. He just survived a crash, but has no clue who he is or what has happened. There are dead people everywhere. Some sort of massive infection is going around, to which he seems to be immune.

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Caroline Labrèche and Steeve Léonard direct and write this new full length feature film by Dead Cat Films. What they have for you seems to be a short story, a premise you’d find in shows like the Twilight Zone or Black Mirror. Basically everyone is dying all around you. I almost don’t want to say it because you’d have more fun discovering it, but without the premise I can’t really review the film completely.

Liam is the cause. He’s a literal area-of-effect instant kill passive ability. He can’t come near anything living because death occurs instantaneously. He tries to hide it out, but soon enough a woman shows up at his doorstep that seems immune. She also can’t remember a thing. I don’t want to say anymore because the puzzle not overly complicated but solving it is what makes the movie.

Anchored by a solid cast, the movie sells its premises on performances alone. Liam (Diego Klattenhoff) and “Jane” (Charlotte Sullivan) have the weight of the movie in their shoulders and they seem to carry it effortlessly. Their performance, both individual and as a duo, draws the audience in. The film feels bigger than itself. You feel yourself in the real world. It requires you to subscribe to a suspension of disbelief, but it has a good payoff.

Recommended for mystery and conspiracy fans. It’s a riddle of a movie in which inventiveness and morality play a part. The puzzle is a guilty pleasure to solve, but there’s a good chance that you can work it out before the movie does. Even when see it coming, it’s a great ride.

That will do for now.

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