FILM INFO: After a mysterious accident, a former police officer, Samantha Stone, discovers that she has the ability to catch glimpses of future events. Armed with this power she sets out to help people in need.
WRITTEN BY: Amir Shehata DIRECTED BY: Various GENRE: SciFi, Action TIME: 74 Minutes (S1)
Science fiction has taken a massive hold in the industry lately. Even in the indie circles. It's easy to understand why. As technology in the real world continues to advance at a massive rate, science fiction doesn't feel so fiction-y anymore. Time travel and glimpses of future events all shape current events in modern film and television. "Eternity Tomorrow" follows the latter route, as our main character peeks into future events and acts accordingly. Sort of. What we end up with is a very indie version of many current shows on television. Hybrid shows make up a huge chunk of current programming. We can all thank "Fringe" for that, showing the networks that a massive market does exist for these fun little adventures. Series creator Amir Shehata tackles this production with a Christian edge, differing this series from so many others. The premise is a promising one, but a large and daunting task. As an indie, low budget series, it just may be that "Eternity Tomorrow" is much to ambitious for it's own good. Although not a bad series, it does suffer largely from being a low budget production, and may have been better suited, in my humble opinion, as a short film. That way the story could have been told on a smaller scale, with all assets associated being focused on a twenty to thirty minute film; this may have upped the production value considerably. With that written however, as I wrote above, given the right mood of the viewer there's still lots of entertainment to be gotten from this indie. No question about that. Technically, "Eternity Tomorrow" slides back and forth from good to not so good, depending on which elements you choose to address. The majority of camera work is pretty darn good for an indie. Crisp, well lit and clear. Audio is pretty decent as well. Where I started to get a little bored was with the constant use of Andrew Kramer style visual effects and what looked like AME gun shots. We all know and love this guy and his work, but it's so common now days it's become a bit of a joke. Video CoPilot was meant as a learning tool, not to be straight up used, essentially unchanged in every indie flick under the sun. I also found myself questioning the continuous use of stock footage. Mainly via scenery and scene changes. Stock is good when colored and mixed properly, and as accent pieces here and there. With this series, the use is pretty apparent. Not a big deal, but I sure noticed it. The concept itself, as I wrote above, is not all that unique. But, and I stress the word... there does exist enough of a fresh take to make things interesting. The plot felt thought-out and written well. A big plus... however, some of the dialog felt really off. More on that shortly. The cast of "Eternity Tomorrow" are all indie actors from what I can tell. I'm guessing a lot of friends were involved here, and it shows. I get it. If you don't have a lot of cash you take what you can get. However, vast chunks of the series feel very, very scripted and at times even a little comedic. The funny thing is, some scenes exist that are truly great. The cast hit their respective marks and in these moments, some real entertainment can be had. Other times however, the show just shows like cardboard. Here's the thing. I'm not sure if this is the cast themselves, or the dialog that was penned. Part of the problem was the perfect use of sentences and words. Exact phrasing. Nobody talks like a machine! Example? "I do not have a gun," or "We can not find the bullets." Who talks like that? The lack of contractions, which are used in everyday conversation feels so strange to the ears. Shouldn't it be: "We can't find the bullets? I don't have a gun?" As I wrote, it's just hard to tell if some of the hollow "feeling" from the cast was actually a writing issue. Either way, it completely changed the mood of the series at times. For me, although not perfect, I really enjoyed "Eternity Tomorrow." However, I could have enjoyed it a lot more. This is a solid series for so many reasons, and I loved the scale and scope it went for. The problems I felt existed, only existed for the same reason I wrote above. The scale and scope. I guess you can't have both. As it sits right now, this is a good series to kill some time with, considering it's a low budget indie, it should get the credit (and views) it deserves. Will there be more to come? Looks like there just may be. -JT