I’ve just returned from the world premiere screening of Graham Skipper’s film, Sequence Break and this film will penetrate the psyche of all it’s viewers. As of late in the genre, we’ve seen a return to the David Cronenberg-style body horror and while Sequence Break could be categorized in this revival it’s true strength is how it slides into your mind and oozes its power over you.
Chase Williamson’s performance as Oz is an instance in the film where the actor and the role meld so completely that you feel like you know that person. This will be a performance that further speaks to the amazing versatility that Chase possesses. Fabianne Therese shines as Tess, the love interest that throws Chase’s life into a tailspin and an examination of love and the connections between humans and electronics that is almost otherworldly. The connection that the two main characters share showcases different levels of attraction and love to the point of madness and psychical transformation while the mind splits.
The film is light on dialogue and allows the atmosphere and music to fill in the blanks. The arcade feel permeates over the proceedings and allows for a throwback feel to a generation who aggressively pumped quarters into the machines at a high rate. Graham knows when to show restraint in his shots and when to go all the way in. While not overtly overpowering the score of the film stays at a hum when needed and pounds at the precise right moments. Playing on the viewer’s mind in a subtle tone for most of the runtime than making the jump to both psychical and psychological breakdown allows the viewer to embrace the relationships in the film and not feel rushed to a climax.
Sequence Break is a sci-fi/horror romance film that amalgamates love, electronics, and the life altering decisions that people make. It’s going to play with people’s minds and make people think about the intricate role that electronics can play in a human relationship. I highly recommend putting this at the top of your must-see list when the film comes to a film festival near you. Stay tuned to Terror Time for updates on screenings and release information.
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