The problem is, I was asking myself the same question as the end credits started to roll.
I have no problem with a movie requiring me to think. But I take issue with one that doesn't give me any payoff. And Parallax is certainly an epic failure on that level.
The movie is about a young artist who wakes up one day to a life she doesn't recognize, spending her time asleep, haunted by nightmares of drowning in a black void. As she begins to figure out what is going on, her sanity is threatened.
That's the best way I can describe the plot, although I had to do some research to figure it out. Writer/director Michael Bachochin has definitely crafted a thinking person's film but, unlike last week's review Volition, this one isn't all that entertaining. It's a slow mystery that takes too long to get where it's going, and then doesn't deliver any goods. It gets frustratingly close a few times, then stops.
The movie looks good, and I liked the cast. Naomi Prentice made me care for the artist's plight, and Nelson Ritthaler is decent as her struggling fiance. But I felt they were let down by a movie that wanted to be too smart for its own good.
Suffice to say, this one's a Bad.