The short and the short of it: The disquietening strangeness of Hyperlight

(image via Vimeo (c) Nguyen-Anh Nguyen)


Jeananne Goossen (Michelle on The Walking Dead) stars as Emiliana Newton, an astronaut dealing with strange circumstances when her and her partner’s (Peter Shinkoda, aka Nobu of the Hand on Netflix’s Daredevil) cryopods are ejected from the main ship. In the tense opening minutes that bring to mind the nail-biting nature of Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, she manages to get back onboard where things only get stranger.

No one, I repeat NO ONE, save for some ghost hunters on repetitive reality TV shows, like things that go bump in the night.

Especially when those things and their menacing bumping make all that unsettling commotion out in the far reaches of space, far from home, solid earth and the reassurance that the sun will eventually rise and banish the quiet-challenged phantoms.


Hyperlight [4K] from Nguyen-Anh Nguyen on Vimeo.


It’s proved to be fertile ground for many filmmakers, the latest of which is indie filmmaker/futurist Nguyen-Anh Nguyen who’s taken some fascinating developments in the field of nuclear fusion and fashioned a very cool, distinctly-creepy and highly intellgent of all manner of inexplicable things going on, with shades of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien and Sunshine.

You will be deeply-unnerved and horrifically-ill-at-ease but my lord you will absolutely entranced and emotionally-engaged by this superlative piece of tension-filled storytelling that is worth every second of the 17 minutes you will happily give to it (with or without hands over your eyes and blanket atop you).

(source: SYFYWire)


Hyperlight – Behind the Scenes [Post-Production] from Nguyen-Anh Nguyen on Vimeo.

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