Ink (2009)

DailyView: Day 305, Movie 433

This one was like a strange amalgam of David Lynch and Terry Gilliam movies if they went completely crazy.

Ink was a 2009 science fiction fantasy film written and directed by Jamin Winans and this was nuts. I was not sure exactly what was happening for most of this movie.

Visually stunning, Ink was filled with remarkable imagery and design. The film does not go out of its way to explain to the audience what was happening or why there were these creatures running around. It counts on the viewers to be smart enough to figure out what is going down without the need to explain every little detail. That is great.

Plot summary, according to IMDB: “As the light fades and the city goes to sleep, two forces emerge. They are invisible except for the power they exert over us in our sleep, battling for our souls through dreams. One force delivers hope and strength through good dreams; the other infuses the subconscious with desperation through nightmares. John (Christopher Soren Kelly) and Emma (Quinn Hunchar), Father and Daughter are wrenched into this fantastical dream world battle, forced to fight for John’s soul and to save Emma from an eternal nightmare. Separate in their journey, they encounter unusual characters that exist only in their subconscious. Or do they?

I was impressed with performances, as everyone did a wonderful job. Still, the performances were not the stand out aspect of the film. Christopher Soren Kelly and Quinn Hunchar was the best among the cast.

This was a film that demanded your attention and it was an adventure to watch. I did not know what would be next, but it really worked and everything came together in the third act for a satisfying conclusion.

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