A psychological thriller dealing with the dual persona a young man possesses and attempts to conceal throughout his ongoing sessions with his therapist.A psychological thriller dealing with the dual persona a young man possesses and attempts to conceal throughout his ongoing sessions with his therapist.A psychological thriller dealing with the dual persona a young man possesses and attempts to conceal throughout his ongoing sessions with his therapist.
Rating = 5/5 Stars Synopsis In Dual Mania, a new doctor arrives in the energetic city of Chicago. He begins setting up his practice and takes charge of an unassuming young patient. With a history of unpredictable and violent behaviour, the doctor is determined to get to the root of it. Meanwhile, the doctor himself is going through a tumultuous time in his own life. His attraction to his new fiancé is waning and he begins to stray. The patient's condition quickly deteriorates. Little does the doctor know... a most insidious and dangerous game is about to begin.
Viewing and Special FX Factors The film is R rated and has scenes of adult activity, harsh language, intense graphic violence, drug abuse and nudity.
The film has limited special FX. Shot in 16mm, the film is set in the modern day, weaved with a seductive jazz background score.
Dual Mania Review Directed by Joseph Strickland, Dual Mania (2021) is a stellar psychological thriller which is both scientific and artistic. The film is set in a bustling and energetic Chicago. Dr Steven Livingston starts working at a psychotherapist's firm and takes on a new patient, Tommy Valentine. The pain and trauma from Tommy's childhood lingers and occasionally finds violent expression even to this day.
The concept of the film is noirish with the classic brash and sleazy characters alongwith mournful, dark visuals. Each main character has a darker side which is painstakingly revealed as the plot unfolds. The cinematography is pleasantly unusual as the film was captured on 16mm so it has the ability to take you back in time. Yet, the theme and story has been set in the modern day which makes it truly relatable.
The character development for Dr Steven Livingston and Tommy Valentine is edgy and contrasting. Playing the rescuer, the doctor is fully committed to his duty and uncovering the root of Valentine's mental trauma. However, he is internally struggling in his own life and refuses to face his own reality. After his recent engagement to beautiful Lydia, the doctor finds himself getting attracted to other women. At the same time, Valentine keeps trying to conceal his past by playing a mental cat and mouse game with his therapist - indeed, a reflection of Dr Livingston's own reality.
The wide frame style of direction usually captures full dialogues in a single scene. This lends authenticity to the film's depiction. The cast and actors are the highlight of the film because of the very real, believable performances. It feels like a snippet in time from our own experience. There is a depth in the screenplay with strong backstories which give you something to chew on. In fact, this is an alternative film with universal appeal.
Overall, I highly recommend this film because of it's eery appeal. True to the thriller genre, the story grows and envelopes you in a sense of impending dread. The film keys into the likes of Psycho and showcases how a seemingly normal person can turn into something unrecognisable. Definitely, this award winning film is a must watch!
For the foregoing reasons, I would give Dual Mania 5 stars.
- Jun 9, 2021