Written and directed by Varun Raman & Tom Hancock, Transmission stars James Hyland, Michael Shon and Kelby Keenan. It’s a disturbing and disorientating watch that will leave you feeling delightfully cold at the end.
Opening with a nod towards aversion therapy (think A Clockwork Orange) we’re introduced to Leonard (Michael Shon) who is in a bit of predicament. He is being held seemingly against his will in some form of bunker by Dr. Sam (James Hyland). A despicable man, his reasons for holding Leonard are unclear and Hyland really nails the maniacal nature of a man who can turn in an instant. One minute kind and caring, the other twisted and evil.
Leonard’s only comfort is for him to escape into his own mind and his memories but Dr. Sam constantly pulls the rug out form under him. Seen at its best during a tense dinner scene. It’s only when Leonard signs on the dotted line to be cured does he get his ‘freedom’. Even then the psychotic doctor expects a handshake! It’s staggeringly tense stuff.
It being shot on 35mm gives it a visual flair that adds much to the creativity on show here. From static shots to a dizzying circling around of Leonard, it leaves you feeling as desperate as the poor captive is. All backed up by a wonderfully dystopian score.
Michael Shon doesn’t say a word throughout but gives a fantastic performance showcasing desperation, defeat and eventually hope with just his face and body. James Hyland is the standout though…a chilling performance.
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The Final Score - 9/10