Monday, November 21, 2016

Movie review: Glitch

Called to the local Yoorana cemetery in the dark of night, Sr. Constable James Hayes discovers six people that have risen from the dead in seemingly perfect health. Knowing this will shock the small Australian town of Yoorana, James decides to keep things under wraps, but a second discovery may change his mind.

Patrick Brammall (James), Genevieve O'Reilly (Elishia), Emma Booth (Kate), Emily Barclay (Sarah), Ned Dennehy (Paddy), Sean Keenan (Charlie), Andrew McFarlane (Vic), Daniela Farinacci (Maria), Hanna Monson (Kirstie), Aaron McGrath (Beau), Rodger Corser (John).

Glitch launches right into the story with local cop James responding to a call at the local cemetery. Finding six people have risen from the dead in perfect health he enlists Elishia, the local doctor, to help him keep the six hidden, fearing for their safety. The rest of this original series, six episodes in all, does a great job of delivering small revelations in each episode building good depth. The only problem is that the series is short and ends as a complete cliffhanger with no answers.

Acting was good with Brammall delivering well and working exceptionally well with Booth and Barclay, who both also did very well. O'Reilly was enjoyable with good delivery, as was Dennehy. Monson was appropriately annoying, and Corser delivered perfectly. The remainder of the cast was solid and enjoyable.

Camera work was solid throughout. Sets and backgrounds were simple and plain with an apparent use of natural scenery and fit the film nicely. Action scenes were good with help from costuming and makeup. Dialogue was enjoyable even with a few difficult accents. Sound and soundtrack were reasonably good.

Glitch is so good and so short with a cliffhanger ending that the series almost feels like a cruel tease. The storyline, acting, and technical work are all good and we would love to see more, including answers to some of the questions left open. Those who want a complete story should avoid this one.

With blood, gore, violence, nudity, and mildly disturbing adult situations, this should be fine for the oldest teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 11.2.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: TV Horror, TV Mystery, TV Drama, TV Series

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