Australia 85 Mins
Dean (Josh McConville) takes his girlfriend Lana (Hannah Marshall) to a now-abandoned hotel for their anniversary to relive the perfect weekend they’d experienced the previous year. However, things that start bad only get worse when her ex, Tony (Alex Dimitriades) arrives on the scene. So, heartbroken Dean creates a time machine to fix their problems.
I found it very hard to get onboard with this film. I could not believe that the hotel they arrived at was ever the thriving place they’d been to the year before, and I couldn’t see any reason why Lana would have been in a relationship with either of these men as they were both pretty appalling in their own ways. But if the men had quite average personalities, at least they had personalities; Lana felt like a prop rather than a character.
The first three-quarters of the film annoyed me so much because I didn’t believe in the set up and I didn’t like any of the characters. I couldn’t understand why they were making the choices that they did. Then the time-travel stuff happened, and it became clear, with several versions of each character running around, that it was not always who you thought it was who was on-screen. I liked that concept, but it wasn’t enough to win me over. Apparently this film was a massive hit at the SXSW festival, and so I hope that others enjoy this a lot more than I did.
The Infinite Man screens at 6pm on Sunday August 3 at Hoyts and at 9pm on Wednesday August 6 at ACMI. Book tickets at MIFF http://miff.com.au/program/search or call 9662 3722