A horror movie about…DOPPELGANGERS! Doppelgangers aren’t exactly common horror fodder, so it was exciting to see how this one handled it. I’m not sure if I was altogether pleased, but it did better than expected. The same could be said for the entire movie; that is to say, I had low expectations that were exceeded.
The film delivered a rather interesting plot: Fraternal twins finding each other in rural Russia while seeking out the truth about their parents. They both see their doppelgangers and end up getting twisted up in Weird Time Shit. The timelines looping about are rather shaky, leaving much to be desired, but the handling of the doppelgangers themselves I found rather appealing. They had an “I’m rubber, you’re glue”/dementor thing going on that I questioned, though.
The movie itself is rather tense, with shockingly few jump scares. As the movie went on, it legitimately got creepier…until the climax. The climax was mildly silly, but…we were actually cheering on the protagonist. Marie was an actual strong female character with a head on her shoulders. For once, we were seeing a reasonable woman who fought back in a realistic fashion and was seriously motherfucking brave. I was taken aback. Nicolai was pretty cool, too, but seriously, Marie was cool.
A few things I noted: the movie opens with a lot of jump cuts implying that more than one of Marie was about, heavily foreshadowing the doppelganger element that would be presented later on. It was rather well done, if not confusing at first. Another bit is still in the beginning and peppered throughout the rise of the film: the flashback/dream sequences. Especially the dream sequence. What the hell did those have to do with anything? Another is that this is a partially bilingual movie, again without subtitles. There isn’t enough to complain, since the protagonist understands about as much as we do and the movie is primarily English.
Final note: When the clock strikes midnight, it’s more fun to imagine that everything is being tossed around by an anal poltergeist.
Tyler Note: “It was a good movie, but I wish I understood more of it. I kept feeling like I was missing something.”
You can watch doppelganger timeline shenanigans here!