Based on the film's trailer and epigraph, I was expecting a movie about two brothers who return to visit a desert-based cult that happens to worship one of Lovecraft's Elder Gods. "The Endless" actually proves far more interesting than such a logline suggests, and while the runtime may drag in parts, I found myself wholly invested in its many strange twists, and the filmmakers' hard sci-fi take on cosmic horror.
Top marks for putting together a complex and unfamiliar world. The Endless is forever curious and the device at it's core presents several wonderfully insane, original scenes. The muddy lensing and tacky vfx in the final sequence do detract, along with a couple of key characters that would have benefited from stronger casting. However, it is cool in a Primer kind of way. 3 stars
I was hoping for a cross between The Sound of My Voice and The Sacrament. Instead The Endless is a sloppy, meandering, directionless episode of the X-Files. The title alludes to the fact that Benson and Moorhead's film drags on and on and on. It's painfully interminable.
A good movie with an intriguing premise and solid acting. I think that Moorhead and Benson gets the directing and writing right this time compared to their previous efforts which were rich on ideas but did not work 100 %. The pedestrian beginning segues nicely into the stranger aspects of the story and when we get to the end we´re almost in Lovecraftian lore which is a big plus. It´s not perfect but it worked for me.
Closer to Resolution in its jumble than Spring's rich n' tender emotion, The Endless is much more thematically layered and philosophical than either, yet creates a bridle with its idea overload, not quite cohering into a satisfying whole. It's more a film of ambition, but it also is largely hit-and-miss in drama, murky in emotion, and not as engaging outside of its metaphors about spirituality, religion, and atheism.
With more estrangement than any astute twist, the film becomes linked to “Resolution” when the action is taken to the woods. Still, its turnarounds were more like dumbly existential and painfully dragging than anything else. (2.5 stars)