During the summer months, surrounded by blockbusters that continually seek to go bigger, farther, faster, and create most mammoth spectacle you can imagine, it’s easy to forget that there’s more to science fiction than giant robots, massive lizards, and epic space battles in far away galaxies. While those things are certainly totally awesome, sci-fi is a genre of big ideas, of examining where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going as a species. The beauty lies in the fact that it encompasses all of this and more. And while we still love a big show, it’s nice to be reminded that smaller films can still be just as vital as the ones that cost hundreds of millions of dollars. In that spirit, check out the trailer and poster for sci-fi indie Frequencies.
Frequencies began life as OVX: The Manual, where it made the film festival rounds, garnering great acclaim as it went. Still, you can totally understand why distributor FilmBuff may have insisted on a name change. This trailer first popped up over at Badass Digest, and makes the movie look like the quiet, esoteric kind of sci-fi that we love. The fact that one of the reviews the video quotes compares the film to Brave New World and 1984, makes the movie all the more enticing.
In a not-so-distant world where the future is predictable, two young kids, one boy and one girl, vibrate at different frequencies than everyone else. They are literally out of sync with the rest of the world around them. He is low, she is high, and as a result, neither of them fits into the society that surrounds them, nor will they ever be able to lead normal lives. In a move that may call to mind the thread about Beast and Mystique in X-Men: First Class, it looks like he has a way to try and fix them, so they can be normal. We know how that goes, it never ends well.
From the look and feel of this trailer, you get the impression that they dwell in an oppressive, inflexible system, thus their outsider status is kind of a big deal. (Maybe they’re Divergent.) That seems to be where the larger political ramifications come into play. It is easy to see how Frequencies can be described as a philosophical sci-fi romance, and why it has gathered comparisons to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, (500) Days of Summer, and Primer.
Written and directed by Darren Paul Fisher (Inbetweeners), Frequencies stars Daniel Fraser, Eleanor Wyld, Dylan Llewellyn, and Georgina Minter-Brown. The film hits select theaters and iTunes on May 22. Before you wander off, take a moment to check out this poster, too.