Science Fiction

Singularity Principle (2013)

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Studio: Big Screen Entertainment Group

Theatrical Release: November 15, 2013 (limited)

DVD Release: July 14, 2015

Director(s):David Robert Deranian and Austin Robert Hines

Not Rated

Review by Vidal Granandos

Singularity Principle brings up an interesting concept of parallel universes. Though the beginning of the movie does a good job of getting you invested, by the end you’ll wish you existed in the universe without this movie.

After popping in the DVD, the only menu options were the feature film and the trailer. I watched the trailer first to prepare for what I was about to get myself into. And you know what? The trailer did a good job of peaking my interest. I was actually looking forward to watching the movie. I only wish the film itself was as interesting as the trailer portrayed it.

Singularity Principle begins with a boy holding a flashlight in the basement. The boy runs outside in the middle of the night and sees an orange glowing orb in the middle of the street. He runs back inside his house only to find all the lights don’t work. He slowly enters a bedroom to see a dresser mirror glowing blue. Mesmerized, he walks toward the beaming light.

Fast-forward, the boy grew up to become Dr. Peter Tanning (Michael Patrick Denis.) Unfortunately, Dr. Tanning is tied to a chair with a black hood over his head. Peter asks what’s he doing there when Big Brother type agent Lawrence Cason (played by William B. Davis from X-Files) steps into the room. Cason ominously responds “Your research Dr. Tanning. We know about your work. About your last experiment. What happen to Jack Brenner (John Diehl from Stargate.)?”

Already within the first two minutes, the movie does a good job of making the viewer wonder what the hell is going on in this movie. What was the point of the lights and Peter? What experiment did he do to get old man government involved? Who is Jack and what happened to him?

After some back and forth investigation questions between both men, we get a montage about Jack Brenner talking to Peter. Jack asks Peter what was the universe like before the big bang. Jack states if parallel universe exist then they can be created.

It’s after this part where the movie quickly starts to lose its steam.

We eventually get to meet Peter’s artsy girlfriend Lyndi (Kallie Sorensen, no relation to Craig) who looks unsatisfied with her life due to the fact the couple moved into a new town and Peter is too busy with work to pay attention to her. Peter is more focused on work than his cute girlfriend. What a sack of shit. Peter proves to be more useless when Lyndi gets her car fixed by a sleazy stranger in town named Buck (Darem Toobis). Guess what Buck rhymes with? And that’s exactly what Buck intends to do to Peter’s girlfriend.

I understand the movie has to set up a plot but what does any of this have to do with Jack? Already a half an hour in and the movie shift its focus from a man’s experiment getting the government involved to a loser who sucks at relationships.

Finally something involving science happens when Peter and his colleague Tim (Adam Formanek) are doing an experiment with magnets at a laboratory. Unlucky for them, physic operator Robert (Darren Zimmer) comes snooping about. They lie to Robert saying they are conducting a science experiment for Tim’s homework. In a high tech laboratory? Robert doesn’t buy into, but doesn’t understand what their computers are recording. He just says okay and leaves. How does he work at the laboratory but doesn’t understand what they’re doing? The men accomplish their goal, energy fragments and crystal fluorescents happen.

The main problem with this movie is that it constantly makes the audience question what’s going on. Especially when most times it seems it doesn’t relate to anything with Jack. Another problem this movie tends to do is through words like fragments, energy, light, black holes, E=MC2 because you know it’s all science and shit. It never does a good job of explaining what they mean or are. Only hoping that by saying them over and over the audience will buy into everything.

However it’s after the experiment when Peter’s life starts to fall apart. He begins obsessing over his work more day after day. He believes he’s getting ever so closer to a bigger breakthrough. His obsession he starts to cause him to argue with his co-workers, and put his relationship with his girlfriend in turmoil as Peter slowly loses his grasp on reality. Could Peter’s work be driving him crazy? Or has Peter done the unthinkable and created a parallel universe?

Most of the CGI used is pretty generic. Putting graphs, pie charts and beams of light on computers to show that they’re doing science but doesn’t explain what everything is suppose to mean. Some of the films usage of props is hilarious for the wrong reasons. My favorite part of the movie might be when Peter throws something at his co-worker Tim. The camera does a close up on the item to reveal it’s a generic box of raisins. Talk about action! I knew this film was in bad shape when Peter and Tim are arguing with dumb ass Robert when out of nowhere a random sheet of loose-leaf paper hits Peter in the face. No one crumples it into a ball and throws it at him. No one is even holding papers during the entire argument. Just some random piece of paper flies into Peter’s face.

The lighting in the room during the Cason/Tanning conversation is dark with the camera being close up to their faces to intensify the drama. Background music does an okay job of setting the mood for each scene. The best use of music in this movie comes where Peter and his girlfriend go to a bar with Jack. The rockabilly band that’s playing, invites Peter onstage to play bass because…why not? At no point did the movie ever mention that Peter played any instruments or enjoyed rockabilly music so what the fuck was that all about?

Overall, Singularity Principle is a “meh” kind of movie. Both William B. Davis and John Diehl do a great job in their roles and their performances carry this movie. The best part of the film is easily the dynamic between physicist Dr. Tanning and the secretive Lawrence Cason. It’s interesting to see their conversation progress throughout the film. At first, both men are selective with what information they give one another. By the end they try to help each other figure out what happen to Dr. Jack Brenner. Even if you are in the mood for a parallel universe film, you might want to give this movie a pass. Too many slow moments keep this film from being very enjoyable. Even when the movie does start to get exciting you won’t care enough and want the end to come sooner.

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

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