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The-Infinite-Man-1-600x400Alright, so I was skeptical about The Infinite Man because it’s treading on dangerous grounds being a movie about time travel, but man it gets everything right. Even after creating multiple paradoxes which are usually rife with continuity errors and loopholes (don’t worry, they all get closed up…), The Infinite Man dissolved my skepticism pretty quickly. Get out and see this one if you are at SXSW, it’s a must, or definitely look for it when it gets released.

The Infinite Man, with its painstaking attention to detail, is an impressive first full length feature for the Australian Writer/Director, Hugh Sullivan, who spent around two years writing the script (according to the Q&A following the films premiere). Dean (played by Josh McConville) is a control freak to the nth degree, who carefully maps out his anniversary trip with girlfriend, Lana (played by Hannah Marshall), to be exactly like their previous anniversary, down to wearing the same outfits they had worn. The film primarily takes place at an abandoned Motel that the two show up at expecting it to still be in business. Dean wants to share his anniversary present with Lana, an “external limbic system” machine that records their experience and saves it on a hard drive. This science fictional exercise is rudely interrupted when Lana’s ex boyfriend, Terry (played by a hilarious Alex Dimitriades) shows up. A legend in his own mind, the arrogance that is Terry believes he is deserving of Lana, whom he dated years prior for only a couple of weeks. Terry won’t leave the motel so Dean attempts to confront him, but is cattle prodded and goes down on the ground. After overhearing an alleged conversation between Lana and Terry, Dean believes she wants to leave with Terry. Dean, in a tizzy, tells them to leave. In hopes of improving the events gone wrong for the day, Dean spends the next year working at the motel to create his time traveling devices in order to rework the events and save his relationship with Lana.

Not only does Dean go back in time, multiple times, which is already pretty confusing, but he takes Lana back with him where they interact with their other selves. I tried very hard to give this film my full attention in order to keep all of the different versions of Dean straight. The end of the film rewards you for your attention.

With its dry wit, The Infinite Man is oddly funny and touching at the same time. The different versions of Dean range from cool and collected to disheveled and frantic. Terry gets on the time travel train as well as the completely over-the-top and irreverent character as the unwanted third wheel.

The Infinite Man is timeless and touches on raw emotions like jealousy and envy in regards to love, even if it’s derived by Dean being jealous of another Dean from a different time.The theme that love makes people do crazy things, like traveling back in time to get things right Is the forefront of The Infinite Man. I believe it’s saying something about our wishes to live in the past or future and how it is impossible to preserve any moment in time, but we do our best to try when it comes to love. Get out and see it at SXSW, I can’t stress this enough.






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