Sunday, October 14, 2018

Empathy, Inc. - 2018 Brooklyn Horror Film Festival Movie Review

The Movie: Empathy, Inc.

The Director: Yedidya Gorsetman

The Cast: Zack Robidas, Kathy Searle, Jay Klaitz, Eric Berryman, AJ Cedeño, Charmaine Reedy, Fenton Lawless, Anthony Mangano, Karen Lynn Gorney, Tom Kemnitz, Jr., Brandon Engman, Selima Smith-Dell, Trip Rockafellow

The Story: An investor in a VR startup discovers that the reality the company provides isn't virtual.

The Review:
Watching this movie felt a lot like watching an episode of The Twilight Zone or one of Hitchcock's classic films which is only accentuated by the black and white presentation. Director Yedidya Gorsetman uses close ups, lighting, and angles to put you right into the minds of each character and the sets have a very intimate, small scale feeling to them which enhances the story telling by keeping the audience focused on what the characters are doing and thinking in any given moment.

The story is very creative and puts a new twist on emerging technology by circling it back to reality in a very interesting way and also having several other timely themes running through it as well. Zack Robidas plays the lead character in that same sort of way you would see the lead in a Twilight Zone story frantically running around trying to solve everything while falling farther and farther down the proverbial rabbit hole. Overall, this was a very enjoyable throwback to the days when horror was more about building tension and being afraid for the hero without relying on modern day tricks and gimmicks.

Empathy, Inc. is an official selection of the 2018 Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. coverage of the 2018 Brooklyn Horror Film Festival.

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