The Endless (2017)
The Endless – Two brothers receive a cryptic video message inspiring them to revisit the UFO death cult they escaped a decade earlier. Hoping to find the closure that they couldn’t find as young men, they’re forced to reconsider the cult’s beliefs when confronted with unexplainable phenomena surrounding the camp. As the members prepare for the coming of a mysterious event, the brother’s race to unravel the seemingly impossible truth before their lives become permanently entangled with the cult.
I believe this film is a sequel to Benson and Moorhead’s earlier film, ‘Resolution,’ as it appears to share the same location and some of the major plot points. I also believe that this is most likely the main reason I liked ‘The Endless’ this much, so if you haven’t seen ‘Resolution’ yet, you might want to catch that one first. It will truly give you a better idea of what’s going on with this one and help you to understand it more. It’s not essential to watch it, but trust me, it will help. For instance, there are one or two scenes in this one that won’t make much sense what-so-ever if you haven’t seen the first one.
The Endless is a science fiction slash horror film that’s well written, it’s just done really well. All of the characters are relatable and likable causing the film to be very well-grounded. The two main characters are heartfelt and well drawn out and the enjoyment of the film hinges on you liking and believing their relationship, and they do an excellent job with that. Extremely brilliant.
The plot of this movie held my attention very well, it really drew me in. It’s about two brothers who are both living a seemingly boring life. Their lives don’t seem all that great and they’re deeply depressed because of struggling finances, and working jobs they despise. They just don’t feel like they fit in very well. Neither are particularly happy either, and one starts to really miss the cult.
Still, struggle with life ten years after they left a UFO death cult, they receive a cryptic video message that leads one brother wanting to go back to the cult, while the other brother, the oldest of the two, is not at all thrilled with the idea. Soon after, the older brother becomes aware that his younger brother is only looking for some sort of closure, so he reluctantly agrees to a short trip back.
Once they get back there, it’s not long before they begin seeing pretty odd shit, like not one single person in the cult, looks any older than when they last saw them. There are also odd people on the edges of the grounds of the camp, and later a second moon rises up into the sky. Not to mention that members of the cult are also preparing for the coming of a mysterious event known as the Ascension, It only gets more disturbing from that point on, with the science fiction and horror elements intertwining, and especially whatever the entity is that’s really driving the story.
You’ll hear people say that the ending felt rushed to them, or that the main cliffhanger ending left them lost, and feeling more confused while wanting more. Well, this is what I was referring to at the beginning of my review…it’s going to pay off big time for you to watch ‘Resolution’ before watching this one.
There is definitely a much stronger sense of closure at the end of this film than in ‘Resolution.’ In fact, it has a very definite ending, at least for the two brothers, and not left highly debatable and enigmatic as it was at the end of ‘Resolution’ while answering many questions. Go see it. See both of them!
Title: The Endless
Release Date: April 21, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour, 51 minutes
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Studio: Well Go USA
Starring: Callie Hernandez, James Jordan, Tate Ellington
MPAA Rated: NR
Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
Reviewed by: Mad Hatter
Our Rating: 3.6 /5
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