Inoperable, A Psychological Play on Time Cycling Theme

Inoperable Film Details Christopher Lawrence Chapman Inoperable

Director: Christopher Lawrence Chapman

Writer: Christopher Lawrence Chapman

Release Date: December 1st, 2017

Release Format: Limited Cinema

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Genre: Horror

Running Time: 1h 25min


A young woman wakes up in a seemingly evacuated hospital with a hurricane approaching that has awakened malevolent forces inside. She realizes she must escape the hospital before the hurricane passes, or she will be trapped there forever.


Familiar with those time cycling films? Director Duncan Jones offered a translation on this subject with his 2011 release. Director Doug Liman presented a science fiction adaptation to a time cycling film with his release in 2014. Also, Liman’s visual narrative although never admitted takes basis off of Hiroshi Sikurazaka’s novel; All You Need is Kill. A recent example of a time cycling narrative is  Christopher Landon‘s 2017 Horror, Mystery. 

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What are time cycling films? This is a term I use to describe films that use a time frame and a repeating sequence of events enveloping the protagonist. The plot always keeps the same conclusion, to solve a significant unsolved mystery. From the examples detailed above, we can determine that there’s an ever-growing sub-genre to this theme.

Christopher Lawrence Chapman’s version although docked in the standards of themed films delivers expressions of individuality. Here are our impressions on Inoperable. Christopher Lawrence Chapman Inoperable
Danielle Harris in Inoperable


The developing events in the film Inoperable are startling. This interpretation is credited by several well designed visual components. The scare factor develops in the construct of outstanding practical effects. An open cranium on a responsive victim, disembowelment, and a forced abortion-like operation was stunning with its realistic tone. It seems the budget was not moderate this branch of the film production.

Since most of the film has a lit environment, the viewer can better distinguish realism to these makeup effects. According to IMDb, the artists listed below was the innovative team behind these visuals and collections of carnage.

Special Effects Makeup

Makeup Department

The practical effects did not interrupt the narrative flow with cheap parlor tricks. Each macabre and bloody reference elevates expressions of the film. Christopher Lawrence Chapman Inoperable
Danielle Harris and Katie Keene in Inoperable

The plot for Inoperable is recognizable. Danielle Harris portrays the protagonist Amy Barrett, a woman trapped in a hospital during a dangerous storm. During her evolving circumstance, the protagonist discovers clues to aid in her solving a mystery. There is nothing astonishing about the overall progression of the narrative. It is the sub-plots that expose a layer of ingenuity to an otherwise typical plot. I found the final reveal to be a strongly established development. Things are not what they appear to be in this storyline and Chapman does remarkable work of providing this impression.

Another highlight of the plot is the psychological aspect. Inoperable plays as a long verse in conveying a commentary on emotional anguish and mental illness. This prospect makes Chapman’s film scary. Strip away the entertainment value and the viewer will recognize or have a peek into a psyche that obscures reality.

Is Inoperable an original composition? Does Chapman redefine a specific genre? The answer to the first question will be a thundering no. Yet, from this critic’s viewpoint, Inoperable innovates with its address as a psychological Thriller. Christopher Lawrence Chapman Inoperable
Jeff Denton  in Inoperable

Actor Jeff Denton and actress Katie Keene round out the primary cast with dramatic performances. They included degrees of passionate substance and plausibility that complimented Harris’ lead. In terms of the protagonist, Harris addresses, as expected, an extraordinary portrayal. One highlight I have to add and applaud is Chapman’s decision to have a Latina actress in a distinguishing part in his film.

Actress Crystal Cordero became the hidden gem for Inoperable. I use the term “hidden” to reflect the subtle yet significant part Cordero plays in the narrative. The role did not have a stereotyped interpretation. This is an offense Hollywood always commits against the Latino community.

Cinematographer Giorgio Daveed performs an impressive job of communicating Horror in an illuminated setting. While most films of this variety resort to gloomy passageways to obscure the unknowns. Daveed went the extra mile to offer an original technique to heightening tension.

During my viewings of Inoperable, I couldn’t help but generate a correlation between Inoperable and the video game Silent Hill PT. Both mediums had that edgy atmosphere of trepidation and activity. While P.T. presents a malevolent variant of Horror, both presentations share the same attitude when it turns to gore, elegances. Christopher Lawrence Chapman Inoperable
Katie Keene in Inoperable

In closing

Inoperable may not appeal to the few seeking for eye candy visuals and those eager for gore and torment. Chapman captures a commonplace movie theme as changes it into a production worth watching. Take the sub-context and performances into consideration when viewing the film. These attributes enhance the film quality tenfold. Using the well-lit interior of a hospital was a clever ploy in delivering Horror content. Chapman’s camera work was dramatic in communicating the visual narration. Most of all the cast performed well with not a minor touch on B -like traits.


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