I took an interest in their film, “Determinism” when the trailer was submitted here. From the trailer alone, it definitely caught my eye and I knew it would be a movie with something important to say. I was definitely right.
From the very beginning of the film, I could get a sense of the eeriness and setting of the movie – the tone was set quite well. The film takes place in the winter time in Pennsylvania. And, let me just say – the cinematography is just amazing and outstanding. I really could feel the tone throughout the movie.
Now, this is a film that you really do have to pay attention to – it is told quite well. There are bits and pieces of the story that are introduced throughout the movie which really make the film come together at the end.
So, what is this movie about? Well, I don’t want to reveal too much as I do not want to ruin it for you. But, I will tell you it’s a movie that has some really important themes about our society and how the kids of our society deal with the issues of today.
The main character, Alec (played by Sanjit Majumdar), is a college student who is really struggling with trying to uphold the high expectations of his parents. As many parents who immigrate to this country, there is a lot of pressure placed on their children to do well in school and to uphold a high status position and job after graduating from college. That is the “American Dream” for many parents of their children.
But, Alec is not able to cope and uphold his parents’ plans for him. There is just too much pressure. And, in the end – he fails them.
In turn, Alec soon realizes that he is just “tired of trying to fit in.” So, he turns to a different life – a life filled with drugs and making easy money. With no support from this family, for Alec – this is his future now. And, so the story begins.
As for the plot, I won’t say much as it may ruin it for those who have not yet seen the film. But, I will say – there are a lot of unexpected twists and turns. And, yes – there are a lot of unpredictable moments.
This movie really makes a statement about the future of the children of America. Sometimes parents do place too much pressure on their children to live out their own dreams, not the dreams of their children. But, at what price?
Without having a family and a support system, who else do these kids have to turn to? As parents, when is enough, enough? I understand parents want the best for their children. But, who is to say what is the best? And, what is the definition of success?
In the movie, the “determinism” of the main character, Alec, was to survive on his own to go out and make a fresh start without the support of his family. His will to survive only made him stronger. But, in the end – it was a high price to pay. And, many paid dearly for it.
Overall, I enjoyed the film very much. It was brilliantly executed and had a good storyline. It had my attention throughout. And, I personally think this movie is worthy of being entered into the film festival circuit.
If you’re in the mood for a drama and thriller type of film, I do recommend this one.
(Note: For those who are interested, feel free to check out the Determinism website for more info about the movie. Thanks for reading!)
Happy movie watching!
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