A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Not much by way of positive messages. But perseverance and courage are demonstrated, both of which come from necessity. Immoral scientific practices used.
Positive Role Models
Jane has remarkable perseverance. Despite all the odds being stacked against her, she fights for her survival and escape, not stopping at anything. And she's independent, doing it all alone. Her problem solving is commendable too, using her mind in a practical way. Scientists use human beings as test subjects. They happily allow Jane to experience fear and discomfort to help them gather information for their research.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is moderate but threat is constant and intense. Character wakes up, time and time again, gagged and tied up, screaming for help. Gunshots are heard outside a window. Helicopters and barking dogs too. In one scene, it seems there may be something lurking in the shadows. Character suffers bleeding to the eye.
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Several uses of the word "f--k" often screamed in frustration. Also hear the word "s--t." "Hell" and "God" also used as exclamations.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character is seen drinking alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Infinitum: Subject Unknown is a low-budget British sci-fi with a constant sense of threat to its lead character and some strong language. Jane (Tori Butler-Hart) strives tirelessly to survive and find an escape from the scenario she continuously wakes up in. She displays remarkable perseverance, and has an intelligent, problem-solving mind. There is little by way of violence, but Jane is fearing for her life through the entire movie. The scenarios presented are not real, but her anxiety is. Jane is tied up and gagged, and gunshots and barking dogs are heard outside the window. Jane's situation is all actually being controlled by a group of scientists, so the actual threat level is minimal, even though she believes it to be happening. There is one moment where someone suffers bleeding to the eye, and there is a sense in another scene that there could be something supernatural lurking in the shadows. Jane curses occasionally, with a few uses of the word "f--k" and on one occasion she drinks alcohol. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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