Director: Alex Galvin
At a succinct 78 minutes, Eternity is an absorbing and thought-provoking little movie. I found myself truly invested in its central mystery, and was surprised at how wrong my initial suspicions as to the identity of the murderer turned out to be. Hopefully you fare better than I did. Aside from a couple of incompetent cast members (I’ll leave you to discover who), the performances are solid and convincing. Most impressively, this movie transcends the amateurish feel of many local flicks with its glossy finish and sumptuous colour palette. This is no doubt the result of Galvin’s success with previous film When Night Falls, which was released to critical acclaim in NZ, Canada, and the US.
It isn’t groundbreaking in concept or execution, with more than a few nods to layered-reality thrillers such as The Matrix, Inception, and the TV show Life On Mars, but Eternity offers enough intrigue and suspense to justify its existence alongside these influences. Despite a couple of issues with pacing and momentum, Eternity is a rollercoaster ride worth taking.