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Sunday, May 5th, 2019

How to Get From Here to There

 

Sci-Fi is a film genre we rarely see in moveies with LGBTQ story lines, and maybe there is a good reason for that . This low-budget debut feature from Kevin James Thornton who wrote, directed and starred in. plus writing & performing some of the music tracks is one such film which, even with its good intentions, is hardly a clarion call for more of the same.

An unnamed middle-aged blue collared gay man (Thornton) goes home when his mother dies to arrange the cremation and pack up her house.  Drinking heavily he stumbles across the Time Machine he made as a kid and gets inside to take a ‘trip’.  The Machine will not allow travel back in time but it will allow  a look into the future.

As the ‘Commander’ of the craft he sets off and arrives at a time when he meets and falls in love with a much younger strong-but-silent type, also unnamed (Daniel Mark Collins).  How they met and why they connected so quickly  is not explained.but then again this is a movie that not only asks you to share the ‘Commanders ‘imagination but also use plenty of your own.  During the course of three such trips into the future, the relationship blossoms and then starts to fall apart.

At the end when the loss of ‘power’ of the time machine means no more trips forward, it’s time for him to finish packing up his mother’s home and take off and head for whatever the future holds.  Turns out he is one of the lucky ones who as he has been there already, he’ll have a chance to change its outcome.

These grief-induced vivid figments of imagination are not convincing and with such low-production values it is hard to be tempted to believe that this is not the work of some young film school student.  The romance lacks authenticity  and so makes it nigh on impossible to get really invested on how it turns out.

 


Posted by queerguru  at  19:15

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