After Dark Originals: Seconds Apart [DVD]
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Orlando Jones is perfect in his role as A detective who lost his wife in a fire as are the twins played by Gary and Edmund Entin whom you might have seen as the strange twins in the Rest Stop movies.
The story came together beautifully regardless of a couple of plot holes or unanswered questions.
The story was fast moving and interesting with great acting and a couple of good kill scenes.
It has some good effects and a bit of gore, although not not a gore fest but a psychological thriller that has two stories going on,one being with the twins and one being with Orlando Jones' character, they intertwine beautifully.
A girl comes into the picture and charms one of the twins and that throws a monkey wrench into the plans of the more evil of the twins,their powers only work when both are willing so it becomes a battle of wits.Who will win? will either win?
There are a couple of twists that I didn't see coming.
I was very pleased with this effort and was engrossed up until the very last second.
The guys playing the twins are great, and there is a weird mood/atmosphere running through the film that makes it stand out from most others. This is one of After Dark's better efforts.
SECONDS APART was creepy and I love it when a story surprises me. Man, oh man, this one got me good-sure didn't see that coming!. The story I THOUGHT I was watching was great but then.....throw in the twists and seriously folks, so good. The twins were spot on with their performances as the detective and the love interest. This movie kept my attention throughout and is recommended. Not much on blood and guts, more on the let's see how creative we can make this one die. The twins' project definitely goes off track and things go from bad to worse - don't want to give too much away so I'll CUT and IT'S A WRAP.
Usually the After Dark films don't have a plot this deep or contain performances this good, so if you are looking for a little change of pace, this is certainly a film that might interest you. Most movies in this genre tend to be re-heated versions of films that have already been made, but this film at least attempts to go for something more original, and quite frankly, it's all the better for it.
I had hoped that the Director and the Entin twins would fill in some of the gaps by voicing their own interpretations in the DVD Commentary. But no, in the Commentary, the three mostly chat about the technical and interpersonal aspects of making the movie, rather than offering any insights into the movie's themes. So the viewer is left with a lot of unanswered questions.
What exactly is the twins' "program?"
What are they attempting to "feel?" Is it their victims' terror? However, that can't quite be right, because some of their victims act robotically, without any gratifying emotional awareness.
What is the meaning of the twist ending? You might think you grasp it, but then when you start to unravel the logic of it, you find it could be explained in several different ways, or else it defies explanation.
But the most nagging question of all - why is the Detective smoking Marvel cigarettes, a brand that was popular during WWII, but that was discontinued in the 60's?
Still, this is an engrossing, treacherous double feature of a film with some brilliant visual metaphors for the eerie synchronicity of the twins - such as the two pieces of bread popping out of the toaster.
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