Axiom, The. A Cautionary Tale of Venturing into The Woods
Axiom, The. Film Details
Director: Nicholas Woods
Writer: Nicholas Woods
Release Date: March 1, 2018
Release Format: TBA
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 Hour, 38 Minutes
A group of friends are tricked into going on a rescue mission in the woods, unknowingly crossing into a terror-filled dimension.
Hattie Smith – McKenzie
Zac Titus – Martin
Nicole Dambro – Darcy
Michael Peter Harrison – Gerrik
Taylor Flowers – Edgar
William Kircher – Leon
Following Marylyn’s (Maria Granberg) disappearance her sister McKenzie visits a man named Leon. The man may have knowledge Marylyn’s whereabouts. He tells McKenzie where to look but gives her precise instructions, she should adhere for her safety. Along with her brother Martin, his fiancee, Darcy, and friends, Gerrik and Edgar, McKenzie heads into unknown territory hoping to find Marylyn. Instead, what they find, is a nightmare, and a fight for survival.
It begs the question, how far are you willing to travel into the unknown to find your loved ones. How much are you willing to risk to save them?
The Axiom has a familiar concept, but a very intriguing one. A young woman, her brother, and friends head into an uncharted forest in search of their missing sister. What they find is something far worse than they could have imagined. The forest is a playing field for the supernatural and sinister forces. The group must fight for survival. One film that came to mind while watching The Axiom is The Forest.
The cast performances are superb. A high point of consideration is William Kircher, known from the Hobbit franchise, and Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter. Kircher plays a great protagonist-antagonist crossover in The Axiom. At some point, each character will represent a defining protagonist/antagonist transition. The audience will respond well to each character’s development. In terms of the antagonizing force, the monsters convey terror with their roles. These beings are scary and convincing.
I’m impressed with the good costume selections. Yet, I find more attention will go to that of Jessica’s (Kathy Wu) makeup and practical effects to her alter ego. Both are convincing. Few possession films strive to execute this level of artistic value The Axiom offers great success with practical effects while other films become drenched with mediocrity.
In The Axiom, the creatures remind me of a cross between Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter franchise, and The Demogorgon from Stranger Things. Each scene featuring these beings adds mystery. Their backstory isn’t expanded upon and they have different names based on how people perceive them. While we are on the backstory topic, this area of narrative development is something much needed in the film. There were scenarios that could have been best explained with more in-depth detail.
The Axiom has great jump scares. The supernatural element works well in it’s favor. Going into an uncharted forest, where you have no clue what to expect, is a scary concept. We’ve seen this happen numerous times in Horror cinema, and it rarely turns out well for the adventure-seekers.
A beautiful score accompanies the film. Some of the background music had dark melodies, other were dramatic with cinematic undertones, both intensified the viewing experience.
3. In Conclusion
The Axiom is a great cinematic experience. Director Nicholas Woods takes a familiar theme and morphs it into a psychological terror. The film becomes one of those nightmares you never want to come true. The background score brings emphasis to the film, as it makes the experience more dramatic and accommodating with the supernatural tones.
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