Movie Review: Reversion
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Built around an intriguing, but ultimately flawed premise, Reversion attempts to tackle questions of destiny, freewill, and morality. The second film from writer/director Mia Tachinger (Bunny), Reversion premiered this year at Sundance and plays as a low budget sci-fi film. The story centers around Eva (Leslie Silva), a woman who is missing the “time gene.” She and the others like her do not live their lives in a linear fashion. Everything that they have experienced, will experience and are experiencing happens at the same time, all mashed together.
The film starts by successfully creating a feeling for a different reality slightly out of sync with our own. Everything looks familiar but things happen just a hair out of line with normalcy. Two characters react casually to a carjacking and more crimes appear to run rampant but unproblematic throughout the city. Going through a grocery store, Eva steals food and runs into people who appear to be common thieves like her. When she leaves the store, a clerk chases after her and a whole group of people flee also, implying the degree to which this subculture exists. While Eva goes through her day, a few seconds here and there are repeated, but the audience does not have a full understanding of what this means.