As big budget mainstream genre movies saturate the market, more discerning film buffs are turning to indie genre films for something new.
Indie scifi has been a reliable source for satisfying genre films. Case in point – writer/director Jason Stone’s At First Light.
The film revolves around a high school senior, Alex Lainey (Stefanie Scott), who has an encounter with strange lights that appear over her town. She soon develops metahuman abilities and turns to her childhood friend Sean Terrel (Theodore Pellerin) for help. The authorities chase the duo as officials try to discover the truth behind Alex’s transformation.
Reminiscent of Josh Trank’s found footage metahuman classic Chronicle, At First Light never rushes into big expositions and allows the audience to discover along with the characters.
There are no answers here and Stone keeps the mystery running throughout the story so that audiences can make up their own mind on what is actually going on.
Stone demonstrates obvious talent and skill in presenting intimate character studies in a potentially widescreen metahuman setting. Certainly, more small movies need to be made about this phenomenon without the clichés commonly found in comic book adaptations.
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