A lone scientist maintains an underground bunker for the coming
global nuclear disaster.
Written By: Richard Mundy
Directed By: Richard Mundy
"Twenty Twenty-Four" is one of those films that are really hard to write about without giving anything away. Even saying that however, doesn't quite explain the difficulty I'm having with this one. You see reader, writer / director Richard Mundy has made this write-up much more difficult, by dreaming up a film that takes place in one location, and essentially only featuring one actor. You read that correctly. One location, one actor... and an hour and a half of movie. In theory I should have been pulling my hair out, waiting for the movie to end right? Only... I wasn't. Technically, this "should" have been one hell of a boring foray into the indie film world, and yet... I had no problem watching straight through to the end. Being equally honest, I actually quite enjoyed my trip to the underground bunker. Somewhere between the clever writing, very cool location and believable acting, I was caught up in the whirlwind that made the film. All the while, unconsciously picking up on the loads of possible influences Mr. Mundy may have intentionally written in when creating this flick. I'm not really sure if those nostalgic images of older films I kept getting, contributed to my enjoyment of "Twenty Twenty-Four"; but I really don't care. If you're looking for an atmospheric production, here it is.
Single, indoor sets where you can control pretty much everything, often make a great looking and sounding film. "Twenty Twenty-Four" doesn't falter in either department. The movie looks and sounds great! Seems more and more I'm finding less flaws to write about with indie productions in general, and I'm not complaining. What really sets this film apart is the way it's shot, colored and edited together; seemingly with a massive amount of attention paid to creating the atmosphere. It's paid off in spades. If I were to sum the entire movie up in one word, atmosphere would be it. Sure, we got some pretty cool computer screens blinking away, some nice set pieces and a great job in the acting department. But... it's still just one place and one man. To keep it interesting, and keep me, the viewer, wanting to find out what's going on must have taken a huge amount of creativity and dedication. Again, it's paid off.
Don't get me wrong, this is not the perfect "be all, end all" film. We've all seen variations of this same story before; everything is not completely perfect and maybe doesn't always make sense. Example? Even in today's world, never mind a few years from now, we all know the effects isolation have on people. So why on Earth would such an important station be left to an individual to run... by themselves? From a purely academic point of view... it just makes no sense. But this is a movie right? As such, it's all about entertainment and getting the people to watch straight through. Richard Mundy has accomplished that in spades. If this film were solely rated on atmosphere, and the ability to put something so cool together with so little... I would have given it a perfect score.
Yes I would guys and gals. What would I do you ask? I would completely recommend this film to almost anyone. Lover of classic horror/thriller pieces? You'll probably love this movie more than I did. I felt influences from "The Thing", "Sphere" and even, dare I write... "2001: A Space Odyssey". "Twenty Twenty-Four" is a moody piece of indie film that will not let down even the casual indie film buff. I'm still amazed at how much was done... with a single actor and some heart. Nice job all around.
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