Please cue the "Twilight Zone" music.
"Life Tracker" is one of the best horror films I've seen this year and it's been a pretty good year for Indie horror. Director/Writer Joe McClean has a wicked sense of how 'scary' should look and feel.
Dillon Smith wants to make a documentary and he has stumbled across something he thinks will be the perfect subject. It's a company called "Life Tracker LTD" (LTL), its product seems harmless enough at first. (There is actually a company advertising the same type of service on TV right now, in real life).
LTL will take a blood sample from any individual and give them their DNA. Normal things such as eye color is there, but the company claims that the DNA does more than just tell you what you already know. The report generated from a subject's DNA can predict the future. Things such as a broken bone, the flu, etc. can be found in your DNA. With this information, it may be possible to predict what will happen to you in the future. Even personal things such as how many children you will have and with whom.
Dillon and his good friends Scott and Bell are recruited to help with the doc, which neither really wants to do. Scott and Bell are in a committed relationship, but both love Dillon and to some degree they both help.
LTL has a kit that you order online, you draw blood and put it on the right place in the kit and send it back. Soon you will get a 'print.' Then you have to take the print to a person who is called a reader. The readers are certified and have a percentage connected with their work with 'prints.' The higher their percentage rate, (of being right), the higher price they charge. Dillon and his friends pool their money and can afford a printer with a 67% rating. Not the best, but certainly not the worst. After the printer is done, the client is sent a report that contains all the information the printer could get from the DNA sample.
The trio of would be filmmakers get together to read their reports. A broken bone here, the flu there, common stuff. Then, a great big issue is found in all three of their reports. Dillon is going to have two children … wait for it, with Bell. This information starts a whole chain of events that are second only to what is not in the report. The date of their deaths have been withheld. 'Death dates' are not in anyone's report. LTL refuses to release the them. This causes a huge outcry from people all over the world, they want their death date. Be careful of what you ask for.
The government steps in and the dates will be released. When they are, the real horror begins.
In Belfast, Northern Ireland, virtually everyone's death date is the same, 9/22/14. In Los Angeles, as in most of the U.S., 99 per cent of all citizens have the same death date. As the time approaches for D-day in Belfast, (a clock has been shown all through the film during the changing of scenes, it ticks down the time for Northern Ireland as well as L.A. and I believe the rest of the world), the whole world holds its collective breath. Will Belfast simple end? How?
In the meantime, big trouble for the 1% of the citizens who have a different death date. This one percent consists of Dillon and Bell. Needless to say, Scott and Dillon are at odds, and on the outs. Bell is confused and horrified. She's not the only one.
The public start to turn on the 'Chosens.' The people who have the later date, which is 2060, suffer the ire of the public at large. The last minutes of the film reveals some of the answers to the questions I've asked above. Belfast knows its fate. The U.S. knows its fate, but what does the U.S. actually know?
I was very put off by the end of the film at first. How can "Life Tracker" have THAT ending? WTH. However, after pondering the end for a few days, I realize that is the only end that makes sense.
Actors Matt Dallas, (Scott), Rebecca Marshall, (Bell) and Barry Finnegan who plays Dillon are all awesome actors and bring to life the lighthearted fun of living in L.A. pursuing their dreams. They also show the horror of what will be their fate. All in all an excellent film that would make a great Halloween night's entertainment.
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