Directed by: Kodi Zene
Written by: Kodi Zene
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Monochrome: The Chromism
Isaac Ward (Josh Bangle) is patient 0. The first reported case of a nasty illness introduced to the world as he was shot when planning to propose to his future wife. Immediately quarantined at the hospital, this disease moves fast and is thought to be carried by bodily fluids.
Quickly things escalate and governments think it's an attack by other nations, and counter attack and faster than a speeding bullet, the world is a scary place to live. Especially if you are a hue, one of the infected. If you are one of the unlucky you are hunted down and brought in for a reward. For the safety of hues and regular people alike, the infection needs to be contained. Quickly. Just what is this infection? Color. When the world is black and white, color is the scariest thing imaginable.
For those in the know, having a black and white world with a slow introduction of color is nothing new. Think of the film Pleasantville as a perfect example. The difference is that in Pleasantville, the characters become color to signify enlightenment. In Monochrome: The Chromism it's simply treated as a contagion. Kodi Zene who wrote and directed this film starts us off in the not so distant future, but then backtracks to how everything started. The introduction feels like a tease but does get the curiosity of the audience peaked. We travel through the initial infection, the quarantine and the beginning of the end of life as we know it. Monochrome also focuses on the personal details of it's star, Isaac. Mainly, the rivalry of him and his brother Jerry, played by Ryan Barnes. This was a good choice to separate this film from simply being another virus movie, with a black and white gimmick.
Although the sub plots are good, some of them felt a little pointless and were never fleshed out enough to make a real story. But the main plot is the bread and butter, and surpassed my hopes. Monochrome: The Chromism is a micro budget title and easily exceeded my original expectations. Creating a story that embraces black and white photography was a smart move. Using the destroyed future sparingly kept the budget in check. We're teased on what's to come and that's plenty. I think Zene's plan is to expand on this franchise. If that's the case I'm really hoping a new installment comes out soon. To write this is an impressive micro title would be an understatement. I'm curious to see what Kodi Zene and his troupe could come up with if they had some decent money backing them. Monochrome: The Chromism is a smart quick film. Thumbs up.