Frequencies (2003)- An ambitious and cerebral film

Let us first read a quote from Pixar’s Ratatouille(2007)

“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the *new*. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends”

As the food critic in ratatouille said, its easy to hate something or absolutely love it, but today, i think I am going to take a brave step, I am going to talk about and defend a truly ambitious and incredibly clever movie Frequencies also called ‘OXV: The Manual’.

Frequencies (2003) written, Directed and Produced by Darren Paul Fisher is a low budget sci-fi cum fantasy movie from British Cinema. My sister stumbled upon the movie once and never got to watch it and as usual i watched it ahead of her and boy i was surprised! I had checked out the rating on IMDb for the movie and it was low, so what i get after watching was certainly more than that. I re watched it today and i can gladly say that my review of the movie was correct. The movie is criminally underrated probably because people take this movie as more of a sci-fi movie. While you are going to get Science fiction- actually a lot of it, the movie has a lot going in beneath the hard to solve science.

The movie takes place in a parallel world, a completely different world, a world where people resonate with different frequency and the higher their frequency the more intelligent and lucky they are and lower the frequency the unlucky you are. I have more than one and a half page of notes from this movie but i am not going to talk a lot about the movie so as not to spoil anything, the story involves a girl Marie Curie Fortune or Marie who has a frequency score of 127 and Isaac Newton or Zac who has a frequency of -7 and their impossible relationship.

The direction from Darren Paul Fisher is excellent, some scenes are directed well and the episodes work well in narration, the use of colours to show people of different frequencies is also well done and as the frequency of Marie and Zac changes we can witness the effect by their colour saturation and their background change. The cinematography and the music also works well with the movie. The only down part was the third act which was quite rushed and should have been more explained it could leave people very confused.

In the end the movie is about the the real question: Is everything, the human emotions love, hatred, relationships already decided or is it fate? The age old debate of Predestination v/s Free Will and the movie answers it in the end, Does it really matters! Also the point of Music acting as a reset button to the Human machines was a great concept. What this movie lacked was time, if it had more time to understand its concept it could have been a masterpiece but it comes very close to being one.

Promoting these movies is important for us because the movie industry is being riddled with awful remakes, reboots, sequels and adaptions. What this movie achieved was originality and ambition. If i get time i will surely do a post analysing the movie with my long notes but i wont spoil anything today. Go and watch Frequencies and enjoy the ride. And look out for divine intervention.

The movie gets 8/10.

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