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The Infinite Man Review: A Terrific Genre Bending Exercise

The Infinite Man


There have been plenty of romantic comedies over the years that are neither romantic, nor funny. Many of them start with a hook that is supposed to be an interesting premise but then conform to a list of generic plot points. There are even slightly more interesting “honest look at relationships” comedies that are becoming less and less unique. Seriously, studios should at least give them less generic trailers. The Infinite Man, written and directed by Hugh Sullivan is both romantic and funny.
This writer loves genre bending films, especially films that mix sci-fi and comedy. There are even some elements of suspense. The science fiction aspects of this film are plot devices, while the human story of a man (Josh McConville) trying to obsessively control his relationship with his girlfriend (Hannah Marshall) by trying to recreate every single moment of a “perfect” weekend they had spent together. He ultimately complicates his relationship with his loving girlfriend by clinging to the past instead of moving forward. This film has a lot of twists and turns throughout it as it explores the nature of cause and effect as well as acting impulsively without knowing the full truth.
Director Josh McConville offers a Masters in economy filmmaking. There are a total of two settings and three characters in the film, yet there is a fully satisfying cinematic experience for the audience. McConville makes full use of his actors and settings. The lighting and props give this film a sense that it takes place in the past, which could be deliberate as it is about a man so obsessed with a moment in time, he is literally trapped with an inability to move forward in time.
This is not a film for people to like to “check their brains at the door” (people who distain any ambiguity in films) as there are a lot of elements that are open to interpretation. This is a film for people who see beauty in the abstract meanings of simply motives. People who simply want to be entertained but do not insist on checking their brains at the door will have plenty of laughs. This writer will possibly order the DVD/Blu-ray or just the DVD and Blu-Ray (high def) may not suit the beautiful raw quality of the film’s cinematography. This writer hopes that there will be audio commentary from the director on the DVD as that should make for a great listen. The actors carry the film well, and this writer usually prefers ensemble casts. It is a film for people who love to analyze film and literature. Hopefully a studio will pick up this film and distribute it, as most people to not get a chance to attend film festivals. It is a perfect blend of entertainment and thought provoking cinema.