When two bus crash survivors awake to discover that they are the only people left in their small town, they must form an unlikely alliance in a race to unravel the truth behind their isolation. As strange events begin to unfold, they start to question whether the town they know so well is really what it seems.Written by
The name of the town in which Ana and Freddy grew up is Pearl. Wild-cultured pearls are best known from being discovered in oysters and other mollusks, but the allegorical use here is that it is a precious center of a town that is apparently going to be destroyed by the Black Fog (which has, of course, another meaning, not to be spoiled here). Just as a pearl is surrounded by the mollusk that produced it, and just as the mollusk is surrounded by the sea, the town of Pearl is surrounded by what appears, at first, to be a home-like quality, which is soon surrounded by a greater darkness. See more »
In the opening bus scene, while Freddy is drawing Ana, the camera cuts away to another angle where we see Freddy wearing a tie for a few seconds before going back to an open shirt Freddy again. See more »
[Freddy has been calculating when the Wall of Apparent Stone and Black Fog will encroach upon the center of the town of Pearl, where they are]
It'll take roughly 64, 65 hours to get there.
That's less than three days!
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At the end of the credits is a short scene that shows Ana and Freddy on a packed bus. She is sleeping on his shoulder and he looks content. See more »
I freely admit, at first going in, I was more than a bit skeptical, but the key here is, you have to stick with it to really appreciate the concept, and the message.
Kudos to a well crafted story, even if it was produced with a very minimal budget. Sometimes, a good film doesn't need huge production extravaganza effects and big name stars to convey a concept that will stick with you, make you remember and perhaps think just a bit.
This is just such an example.
I won't even attempt to explain the story as it unfolds, as that would risk possible unintentional spoilers, so nary a clue here.
I'm not familiar with Jason Parish or Ryan Smith, but they deserve considerable credit for creating so much with so little, and really making it work.
Karolina Wydra's performance was maybe a bit overly expressive, but then again, she is something of a cartoon character come to life as it were, so perhaps that caricature is the perfect match for her part here. OK, that's just a clue . . .
Anyway, even if this is not your usual cup of tea, I'd say give it a watch, you're not likely to regret the time spent.
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