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Infinitum: Subject Unknown

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Mind-bending low-budget sci-fi has threat, language.

Movie NR 2021 86 minutes
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This sci-fi mystery is a movie that should be celebrated and admired, perhaps more so than it can be enjoyed. Director Matthew Butler-Hart must be commended for even having the ability to pull this project off, creating Infinitum: Subject Unknown during the COVD-19 lockdown. Even if this does mean the production value takes an inevitable hit. The movie is also very much a family affair, with Butler-Hart's wife taking on the lead role of Jane -- and excelling in the part -- as well as co-writing the film with him. The movie is also helped along by two cameo performances from British film stars Ian McKellen and Conleth Hill, who shot their scenes remotely.

That said, when studying the film for what it is, and analyzing the narrative, there remains a lot to be desired. Naturally with a movie this convoluted, and complex, it creates a myriad of plot holes, where a suspension of disbelief is not just favored, but simply required, otherwise it's going to be a long film. But there is something entertaining about the notion of problem-solving, with shades of Groundhog Day and Source Code, in how Jane must relive this moment over, and over again, and hope somewhere along the line she finds some answers. A tried, tested, and triumphant cinematic storyline.

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