Radius Emanates With Innovative Narrative
Radius Film Details
Release Date: November 10, 2017
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Running Time: 1h 27min
Liam wakes from a car crash with no memory of who he is. As he makes his way into town to look for help, he finds only dead bodies, all with strange pale eyes. Liam’s first assessment is that a virus is present in the air, but he soon discovers the horrible truth: anyone who comes within a 50-foot radius of him dies instantly.
Official Selection FrightFest, Fantastic Fest, Fantasia Film Festival
Radius will be available across major Video On Demand platforms including;
iNDEMAND (Spectrum, Comcast/Xfinity,
Charter, Cox, Brighthouse)
DISH & Sling TV
Vubiquity (VerizonFios, Frontier, Sudden
Link, Media Com)
The performances take the limelight as the radiating aspect to Caroline Labrèche and Steeve Léonard’s film.There weren’t any flaws with the on-screen chemistry between actor Diego Klattenhoff and actress Charlotte Sullivan. It was interesting to observe the evolving relationship between Klattenhoff and Sullivan roles. This was not the quintessential man meets woman scenario. The writers elected to run with a mystery theme, a narrative that constrains these characters. The writers took a literal style, in making these characters inseparable. I sum this relationship as the ying/yang effect which describes there can’t be chaos without order. Klattenhoff and Sullivan complimented each other’s vibe and this helped establish the story and made it believable.
Radius has a compelling approach that integrates human drama with science fiction. The screenwriters; Labrèche and Léonard were clever not to instill extraterrestrial or supernatural elements as part of the narrative. Yet, while watching the film I caught the subtle hints implying extraterrestrial influences. What was most compelling was the story arc centered on the central characters. Although the narrative moves at a slow pace audiences will become invested in the evolving circumstances. The attraction in Radius is the needing to learn what truly brought these strangers together.
The narrative feels original both with visuals and story. Peter Berg’s‘s 2008 Drama is the sole comparison to my knowledge that provides a ying/yang character appeal. Radius is innovative with its casual introduction of science fiction. The production team did not elect for elaborate eye candy or intense looking creatures. Instead, the menace was more human than predicted. While the visual effects occurred at a minimum when realized the additions complimented the scene with full effect.
I was in awe with the cinematography. Directors Labrèche and Léonard made each scene into a visual work of art. A highlight in this category is the camera placement and movement. This coupled with the seamless editing made the film attractive. Although there could have been more views to inspire emotion within a scene. For example, the part involving Sullivan’s character getting injured wasn’t as impressive as it should. The action takes place off-screen. Once Klattenhoff comes to assist his partner there is an insufficient draw on his demeanor with close-ups.
The color filters complimented the attitude of the film. These palettes were a wise choice.
Radius is a gradual progressing Thriller that keeps audiences devoted into the narrative. The acting was outstanding with primary roles portrayed with realism with drama. An intriguing facet for Radius is the slow-progressing narrative. Executing a story such as this comes with significant risks if not addressed. Proposing the drama too slow would sever audience commitment. Having audiences remain through a gradual plot and not have a meaningful climax also becomes a risk. Radius possesses none of these shortcomings. The developments in Act III is something to express interest to. Till then audiences will find satisfaction with the conflicts and subplots offered.