|Title||The Scopia Effect|
|Availability||VOD Everywhere | DVD At Amazon|
|Actors||Joanna Ignaczewska, Edward Stanton, Akira Koieyama|
|Review||Lets start by saying this is a newly released indie (Oct. 3, 2017) that was in post production and distribution hell for 3 years. Tragic as that is it is all too common but the filmmakers of this film didn’t bow down and release it themselves almost guaranteeing no return on investment, so for that props for the patience and re-cuts to get a decent release.
The Scopia Effect is a complex movie. It could be said a secondary title could be “If you are thinking about hypnotism, don’t.” However, that would be doing it an injustice. It’s not as simple as that. At first it felt dis-articulated, but give it some time. It’s not. If you want to understand the film a bit better, pay close attention to the definition and explanation given at the start of the movie.
In a few words, this is the story of Basia, a girl who undergoes hypnotism to help herself heal from her depression by liberating memories of her mother. However, the procedure does much more than that. It liberates memories from long, long before. Her life becomes a living nightmare in which nothing and everything seems real.
This film is one of those that you may start by saying “what is this I’m watching?,” but it takes shape little by little. There are constant flashbacks, but the timelines don’t get confused due to an impeccable set design. The story moves around different times and countries, and in each one, it feels real. Make-up, sets, and cinematography are all outstanding- they made excellent use of the budget, which at an estimated £1,300,000, was not gigantic. It has good sound and music, and the acting is on point. The special effects are also fantastic, and the gore is just right. Unfortunately, the ending was confusing and jumped the shark. We feel it would’ve served a better purpose if the “reincarnation” angles stuck and it wasn’t more complex than that. However, the effect the movie has is still good.
As we said at the beginning, this is a complex movie. It’s not easy; you have to pay attention and give it a little thought. But it’s worth it. It’s definitely not a typical horror movie, but it’s scary at a deep, intimate level.