Director: Matthew Hardstaff
Cast: Natasha Allan, Gillian Hutchison, Randy Thomas
Production Company: Replay Entertainment
Runtime: 80 minutes
A traumatic experience can change a person’s life forever. Some events are so horrible that they may even lead to amnesia for the unlucky victim. Director Matthew Hardstaff explores the dark recesses of the human mind in his film Bluebird (2015).
In the movie, Kate returns after having gone missing for several months. She has no memory of her ordeal, and remembers very little of her past life. She soon becomes erratic, and begins to question her own thoughts, her relationships, and even her reality.
Natasha Allan from Death of the Virgin (2009) is excellent in the role of Kate. She effectively shows a range of emotions and has very expressive eyes. Randy Thomas from Darkness Waits (2009) also play an interesting and complex character in the movie.
The movie’s frenetic opening is visually stunning and instantly draws the viewer into the story. It’s filled with quick cuts and flashing images that establish the turmoil in Kate’s mind. These fractured moments return during her expressive nightmares and muddled flashbacks.
Strong choices in editing and music can make even the most casual scenes seem dark and foreboding. Extreme close-ups and bold angles also have a disorienting effect. All of this helps us to understand what’s going on in Kate’s head and the confusion she feels.
Drama and romance play a major part in the film, but there are many scenes that are both frightening and thrilling as well. The mystery surrounding Kate’s disappearance and her mind’s way of dealing with her incomplete memories ties all of these genres together nicely.
The plot eventually moves into the dark realm of torture and captivity. Many surprises take place in the second half of this film, so it’s best to keep those under wraps for now. The unravelling of the mystery behind Kate’s memory loss is a handled very well.
Bluebird takes you deep into the mind of a woman suffering from trauma and amnesia. Some things are best left unremembered…
– John Migliore
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