"And Uneasy Lies the Mind" Review

"And Uneasy Lies the Mind" Review

By Nick Leyland September 23, 2014 10:33AM EDT
60% Review Score: 6 / 10
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And Uneasy Lies the Mind

The first interesting thing about “And Uneasy Lies the Mind” is that it is the first film shot entirely on an iPhone. I don’t think that is going to cause anyone to run out and see it, but it does give the film a little more character. Honestly, the only real way to tell is that parts of the film have that grainy look that cell phone videos get. Other than that it kind of looks like they used a vintage camera from the 70‘s or something. It did have some really great shots though that I was surprised they got with a cell phone.

The film revolves around two couples that are dining in a cabin up in the mountains on a snowy winter night. Peter (Jonas Fisch) and his pregnant wife Julie (J'aime Spezzano) are celebrating his birthday with his best friend Jack (Dillon Tucker) and his girlfriend Lauren (Michelle Nunes). Peter’s mind carries us throughout the film as we hear a plethora of neurotic conversation, drug induced hallucinations and what psychosis lies within him as he loses connection with what is real and what isn’t. It’s a very haunting way to look at the way we think and the fear of losing one’s mind.

The first word that pops into my head to describe this film is psychedelic. From the camera angles, effects and color, to the premise of the story, it is very drug influenced. It reminds me a little of some of the scenes in “Easy Rider” that give you that strange feeling. One thing I didn’t really get was the college professor level of dialogue in the film. Some of the words and usage seemed a little far-fetched for a bunch of stoned/drunk people hanging out on a Saturday night, and it went on through the entire film. Maybe they were going for a classic Hollywood movie script or something but I was confused by it.

All in all I liked the film and while it kept my attention, but I don’t think this film is for everybody. It can be tough to follow at times and leaves you with a lot of questions. I give props to director Ricky Fosheim for doing the film the way he did and I hope to see more from him in the future.

 

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