Following much preparation, Peter and Lorna are given an address. In the dead of night, they pull off the lonely road and await further instructions. Soon they part with their clothes and belongings. After they shower and clean themselves thoroughly, they are blindfolded and whisked to an undisclosed location, where they descend into a basement. Once downstairs, they perform the complicated handshake and are able to gain entry into the group. With that, the young couple, who have been posing as believers, successfully infiltrate the cult’s inner sanctum and meet enigmatic leader Maggie, portrayed by the promising Brit Marling (also cowriter and producer). Maggie claims to come from the future, and she has grand plans.
What follows is a delicately paced and riveting plunge into a psychological maelstrom of uncertainty and danger. Filmmaker Zal Batmanglij’s feature debut crackles with a mesmerizing command of form, offering no easy answers to the elusive search for truth. —Sundance Film Festival
I was gripped at the beginning, but by the end I was really disappointed. Like with Another Earth, Brit Marling is a talented writer and actress, but she hasn't come into her own yet. The other problem is that she needs a director that is capable of forming and maturing her vision. I hate this "indie" style of filmmaking, with the handheld camera shots and musical interludes. This is the type of movie a director like Cronenberg could have made soar. But it just doesn't work. I really wanted more out of this.
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