Current indie movies
By: Missy Arneson
Some moviegoers would argue that independent films are more original than mainstream movies. e only way to know your personal preference for sure is to see both types of creative works, and then compare the two. If you have only seen mainstream movies, here are a few suggestions of independent films to check out this September.
“Morgan” — this horror/thriller movie follows Lee Weathers (Kate Mara) as she consults on a genetic engineering project; namely, she seeks input on whether or not the project should be terminated. The project itself is a genetically engineered child named Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy), who is as technologically advanced as she is deadly. Morgan is kept locked up in a cage, but when events take a turn for the worse, few survive.
“ The Light Between Oceans” — based on the novel by M. L. Stedman, this romance/drama movie tells the story of a young married couple, Tom (Michael Fassbender) and Isabel (Alicia Vikander) who keep a lighthouse on an island. The couple is genuinely happy, but their attempts to have children are in vain. When a boat oats ashore bearing an infant, Tom and Isabel are ecstatic. Despite the child’s questionable background and reasons for arrival, they accept this gift with much joy. Several years later, they discover that the child’s mother is still alive, and must decide whether to keep the girl they’ve raised, or return her to her rightful mother.
“Skiptrace” — is action-packed comedy features the misadventures of detective Bennie Chan (Jackie Chan) and troublemaker Connor Watts (Johnny Knoxville). It illustrates the conflicts that arise as they attempt to avoid a gang out for Watts’s blood, while simultaneously fulfilling Chan’s mission. The film tells a detailed story that incorporates suspense as well as humor and tension.
“Complete Unknown” — is mystery/drama lm uses emotion, artistic illustration, and dry sarcasm to explore the importance of identity. e story follows Tom (Michael Shannon) as he stumbles across an old acquaintance Jenny (Rachel Weisz) who disappeared fifteen years earlier. Since she went MIA, her name changed to Alice to represent this new identity of hers. The film portrays Tom’s journey in learning how Jenny assumed this “new life”, and why she left her previous one.
For a closer look at and discussion on “Complete Unknown”, check out the Montage podcast at www.meramecmontage.com.