DIRECTOR: VINCENT WARD
AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND 1990
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: GEOFFREY SIMPSON
CAST: BRUCE LYONS, CHRIS HAYWOOD, HAMISH MCFARLANE, MARSHALL NAPIER, NEIL APPLEBY, PAUL LIVINGSTON.
ONE WORD: One heck of a story. Time Warp adventure.
Despite the science fiction qualities of this film, I really think this is a super little film, that is unpretentious, and at the same time, really hopeful. In the least, it is a very inspiring film, specially if one is of the Christian persuasion.
In the middle of the plague somewhere in the northern countries of Europe, there exists a village, who trust a young, blind boy, who is a 'seer' (a psychic, or a person with visions) and knows how they can cure the malady which is threatening to destroy them all. They have to take a special cross made of iron, and place it on top of a tower, in a very high building, that is very far away, very far away indeed.
To get to that place, they have to follow the boy into the caves near where they live, and this time they have to go all the way into the caves, where many have been lost, before. But the group trusts the young boy, and they begin following him. The small group arrives at their destination, and the young boy tells them they have to get up and out of this cave through the opening above them. Since their task is one of life and death for their families and loved ones, no obstacle is tough enough. They figure out how to get out, and pass through a sewer system, and come out in an iron opening in the middle of a freeway, at midnight (we hear the church bells), in a modern day city.
THAT IS UNREAL.
They are stunned by the fast moving things passing by them. One of them gets hit, but seems to make it ok, though his leg is damaged. They proceed on their journey to find the designated spot, and the only direction they have to follow is the blind boy's. He knows which way to go. In the middle of the night, they proceed until they find their destination, and eventually accomplish their deed, with a few ropes, and almost total disaster. When done, just before the sunrise, they depart, back to their homeland. The blind boy leads them back to the entrance, and eventually back to their people, in another time, some 5 to 6 hundred years before. And the plague has now eased up a bit. And the family unit is back together again, having conquered the evil disease, as well as other elements of the spirit.
This is a beautiful, under rated, little film, that is totally stunning, and so good, that the only thing you can say at the end is a big WOW. And the reaction is difficult to figure out, because the film is both a spiritual journey, as it is a combination of science fiction, and historical faire.
THIS IS A FILM ABOUT FAITH. AND ITS DESIRE TO SUCCEED, AS OPPOSED TO RELYING ON ACTION. As such, it may be distasteful to some. But it is highly recommended, as an enjoyable sight, and a thought provoking evening.
The cast is very good, all unknown actors, to me, and possibly to the film world.
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