television. Here’s the catch: she is experiencing a storm that is similar, but is happening exactly 30 years ago in the same apartment.
I’ll be the first to state that this will probably be a spoiler-filled review, so be WARNED!
With that out of the way, what were your first impressions of Remote?
Shannon: I really enjoyed Remote. It was full of mystery at first, and then it turned into a thriller. After the two main characters, Matt and Justine, realize that they live in the same house just 30 years apart, what happens next kept me on the edge of my seat. What happens next you say? Well, Matt looks up Justine on the internet to tell her what she is up to thirty years later. What he finds out is that she is murdered on that very night. Kind of creepy right? Well, Matt does all he can to try and save her as he watches the intruder inside her house. I felt like Ron Basch and Sarah Silverthorne played their roles really well and were able to thrive off one another even though they were only “talking through the screen” to each other. David, what did you think about the acting?
David: I enjoyed the acting. I didn’t think I was going to at first, because I wasn’t terribly convinced. Some of the initial dialogue sounded a bit hollow, but that may just have been because the characters were just “meeting” each other for the first time. I thought the actor that really showed up was the older man/killer/neighbor. I believe his name is George Komorowski. His performance was extremely believable, and you could feel all the emotion that he had.
I really liked just the overall story arc too. It had some similarities (I brought this up to Marc when he suggested the film) to a movie we did during Horror Movie Month: The Caller. But it ended up being much better, along with being far less predictable. I’m a sucker for time travel, so I really like when people communicate across times. I also thought that it was really impressive that the whole thing essentially took place in one room. It’s sometimes hard to keep an audience focused when you only allow them to see one place, but Marc and the crew did a great job here.
Shannon, what did you think of the story itself? Anything you didn’t like or would have changed?
*SPOILER* the neighbor came into Matt’s home. One thing I didn’t understand (and this is probably just me not grasping how the “space time continuum” thing works - why does the old man even need to go into Matt’s home if he killed that woman 30 years ago? Wouldn’t he just want it to play out exactly how it happened 30 years ago? I mean, he remembered talking to himself so it’s not like Matt wasn’t going to meet Justine anyway. I don’t, however, think that this had any impact on my thoughts on the storyline. It did make it much more thrilling, and I wouldn’t have changed it. I am just curious as to what you thought his reasonings may be. Ultimately, it changed his history. Perhaps he was one of the murderers who likes to relive the kill (I watch too much Criminal Minds haha). What do you think about this?
David: Wellllll I think he went back because he wanted to stop himself from killing Justine in the first place. If he stops her, then he wouldn’t actually be killing Matt, because he would have no reason to live next door to him, and probably never would have come into contact with him. Time travel stuff is so fun - it’s why shows like The Flash are so good.
I think my favorite part of the movie was when Justine just went full Beast Mode on the killer dude. I have no idea what she was using to kill him, but it was vicious and awesome. The blood effects weren’t the best, but I was loving every second of it intensely. It was just extremely visceral.
I only have one real complaint about Remote and it’s just something that I didn’t like about the style. When the killer is speaking about the memories of watching the little girl there is a continued zoom towards his mouth with a echoed whispering effect on the dialogue. I thought this was unnecessary and a little annoying, and brought me out of the intense part of the movie. If it would have just been whispered dialogue, I would have loved the whole thing.
Did this bother you Shannon, or was it just me?
Shannon: Oh I see - for some reason I thought he was trying to convince himself to go through with the killing. Makes much more sense now. Went completely over my head apparently. Honestly, I didn’t notice that zooming in on the lips part David, so it didn’t bother me at all.
Yeah, I found myself cheering silently in my head when Justine was vanquishing the intruder in her home. It was great and yet another thing I didn’t see coming in the storyline. What did you think about the ending? How Justine waited 30 years to meet Matt in person just to thank him for what he ultimately won’t do for her. I thought it was a perfect way to end the film.
Are there any other aspects of the film that you want to touch on?
David: Yes, I thought it was really good too. It’s nice when you see movies that wrap everything up with a bow at the end. It’s rare when things go that well, particularly in thrillers or horror. I was expecting the guy she killed to roar past a hit her with a truck or something (because, ya know, time travel and stuff). But I’m glad that didn’t happen. The film was better for it.
Well, what are you going to rate this one Shannon?
Shannon: I’m going to give it a “Loved It.” You?
David: I’m going to roll in with a “B+”. Thanks to everyone! Remember to submit anything to DoubleFeaturePreachers.com when you have colleagues, family, or friends that are filmmakers, particularly of the independent variety.
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