Eternity (2013)

Eternity reflects two of the major factors that are shaping the future of Science Fiction on film:  the upsurge in small truly independent films made with minimal pressure from the powers-that-be in the film industry; and the increasing availability – and affordability – of CGI effects.

A young policeman takes part in an experiment where his consciousness is “transferred” into a computer simulation.  There he must solve the locked room murder of a famous billionaire in order to win the game.  However, the program has been hacked, with serious repercussions for the hero and the other detectives in the game.

Most of the film takes place in a computer simulation of the real world (which appears to be mostly the real world, with only modest help from CGI) and we only have quick glimpses of the detectives’ high tech tools.

The problem with many of these excellent low-budget films is that far too many people approach them expecting that they will measure up to what they’ve seen in the latest 100 million dollar epic.  Obviously the visuals and even the acting probably won’t (and yes, there is a reason some of those Hollywood stars get millions for a few weeks work).  We should be willing to overlook a few flaws for the sake of a film that is unique and original, and try to view it on its own terms.

From this viewpoint, Eternity stands out, thanks to its inventive premise and how well it is carried out.  One just hopes that its director, Alex Galvin will bring us other equally entertaining little films in the future.

 

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