Set in the 80s Parallax tells the story of Abbot Allen as he attempts to develop a device to change the way people communicate. He dreams of a future where the world is connected by technology and no one has to be alone again.
Parallax is a clever drama that explores how technology can simultaneously bring people together and drive them apart. As Abbot slowly becomes more and more engrossed in his creation in a bid to make people more connected his real-life relationships begin to come apart at the seams.
Abbot Allen is an intriguing character portrayed brilliantly by Michael Kelberg. An eccentric and passionate character Abbot is as likeable as he is unpredictable and he teeters on the edge of insanity throughout the film forming a very interesting and engaging narrative.
The film feels very similar to Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with a very similar visual style and a kind of moodiness that builds an enthralling atmosphere. The settings, costumes and props stay very true to the time period in which the film is set showing off some impressive attention to detail. It’s not a thrill ride, but it is an interesting drama to watch unfold with some very good messages about technology and how it impacts our lives and relationships.
The editing is slick and the acting is of a good standard; good enough that you forget when watching Parallax that it’s an independent film with a small budget. Yet more proof (if you needed it)
that Hollywood is no longer the be all and end all of film. At times the colour of the film and the darkness seems a bit much, but the intent to create an authentic atmosphere is clearly there and you cannot fault the attention to detail.
Parallax is an interesting and enjoyable watch with some great performances. It bears similarities to many films; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and 1984 to name a few and is a relatable tale about people and technology. If we needed any more proof that independent film is just as entertaining to watch if not more so than much of what Hollywood churns out then here it is. Oh, and the soundtrack is pretty great too!