Directed by: Annarie Boor
Written by: Annarie Boor
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A Matter Of Causality
Professor Addington ( Brian James Twiddy ) has assembled a hand picked team for one purpose. To solve a mystery. Teenager Lai ( Juliette Boor ) has been held for observation since she was a small child, and this group is handed the responsibility of studying her unique mental talents. Think Charlie from the old film Firestarter, and you'll be on the right track. Sort of.
Lai has odd effects on people, and seems to be almost like a precog, and A Matter Of Causality wastes no time demonstrating Lai's gifts, even when she's only seen on a recording. Within the group of hand picked students is Madison ( Isabel Nesti ) who right away we learn is different from the other students, and it seems Lai has taken an interest in her. This title is all about questions, and when Lai's abilities become more defined to us viewers, we're already hooked and along for the ride. Annarie Boor has crafted an interesting title, and although A Matter Of Causality is far from perfect, it's still quite entertaining.
There are issues I had with the story, such as the legalities of Lai's captivity, or even the effect it would have on the studies of the girl. This is all kind of brushed over later in the film, and becomes part of the main plot, but it really doesn't cover the ramifications of taking a very young child and holding her for almost 10 years; with nothing but the most basic of furnishings. Or does it? One could make an argument that Lai's captivity and circumstance play a factor in her abilities, but I'll leave that for the viewer to decide.
From a production standpoint, Annarie Boor's is a mixed bag of tricks. Some of the edits felt very weird, especially during transitions and there is a lot of close ups used throughout the film. And I mean a lot. I feel this was meant to create a sense of claustrophobia or something, but sometimes it just felt weird to watch. Headroom can be an important part of character building and an excessive use of close ups diminishes the quality of those that actually worked.
Now, what really peppered my thoughts was that somewhere along the way I stopped taking notes and simply watched the movie. What this tells me is that at some point I got so involved I just stopped caring about trivial nitpicking. So without question, A Matter Of Causality is a good film once it gets going.
So, here's the scoop. For an indie, micro budget title Annarie Boor has put together a really good movie. It's well acted, the story is, for the most part, interesting and even captivating once things get going. My only concern is that some people won't give it the time it needs to really kick off, but for those that do, A Matter Of Causality won't disappoint. Three stars.