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4/10
The Capture: Smart little thriller with weak payoff
Platypuschow15 October 2018
The Capture gripped me early, but the further into the movie it got the more the grip was loosened and by the end it had thoroughly lost me.

It tells the story of a group of scientists who use risky, questionably immoral and dangerous methods to break space and time to find out what truly happens when you die. Is there an afterlife? Are all the reports of angelic entities at places of mass death true?

Based almost entirely in one location with a 3 person cast it plays it's low budget well and delivers a fairly original concept. Sadly what it doesn't do is provide you with a competent payoff, the finale is really quite weak.

Considering the movie tries so hard with it's pseudo-science to come across smart the ending demonstrates a lack of intellect and common sense.

It is very frustrating when an interesting movie fails to wrap things up well and ultimately it kills the entire film.

Nice ideas, failed execution.

The Good:

Solid concept

Convincing premise

Fittingly moody tense atmosphere

The Bad:

Too short

Finale is an utter failure

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Short tattoo sleeves on girls can look fantastic
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3/10
It started out pretty good
iceman8886923 August 2018
It started out strong. It was interesting for the most part, but man toward the end, it just literally drops off and is ruined by that ending. The characters were all interesting and seemed appropriate in their roles, even though the girl is easy to hate.

Really, it felt like they were making a movie, ran out of money and just called it good before finishing it. It's too bad, it had potential with an interesting idea.
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3/10
Dark Matter Matters
nogodnomasters3 October 2018
Warning: Spoilers
This is a low budget science fiction film on the order of "Primer" except this one has a woman in it. This review has minor/early spoilers. Louis (Jordan Tisdale) and Alex (Nora-Jane Noone) conduct an unorthodox illegal experiment which proved successful. They need to bring on Isaac (Jonathan Howard) who does not approve because it involves euthanizing people.

They capture (hence title name) an entity who guides souls in the afterlife. After that all kinds of debates ensue.

The film is slow moving and shot in one location. Physicist Louis claims matter is changed to energy when you burn something, which any seventh grade art history student can tell you is incorrect. Clearly the writing was not as clever as it could have been. Acting could have been better if they had cleaned up the backstories and dialogue. My favorite line, "Are you dead?"

Guide: F-word. No sex or nudity.
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2/10
Terrible waste
coivaln00730 August 2018
The acting was good, the story was interesting (up to a point) but the "special" effects were non existent and the movie set was awful. Its a sad indictment of a film when the total special effects consisted of a single blue light being cast onto the soul guide that was wearing what appeared to be a toga. Unfortunately, the movie becomes boring real fast and does not hold the viewers interest. When the special effects in an Asylum film look absolutely awesome in comparison to this film, you know that this film is one to avoid.
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1/10
Dumb movie in my opinion
tonymarchei8 December 2018
Some reviewers stated it started out strong and then went downhill. All I can add is that it started nowhere and went nowhere. It's about as dumb as you can get. Admittedly it's low budget. But starting out the first scene/s that looks like it's in someone's backyard garage the producers made sure it's in keeping with it's low budget look and feel. Sorry but the movie did nothing for me. Other reviewers may be more forgiving.
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8/10
A decent film clearly made on a shoestring budget
TheTopDawgCritic22 August 2018
Novice filmmaker Jim Agnew makes his directorial debut in a film he also wrote, and clearly made on a shoestring budget - and succeeded.

His directing was actually quite good, and although the writing had some plot issues, it was still creative and interesting.

The acting was spot on by all cast, and the cinematography was on point. I felt the pace was a little slow, even for the short 78 min length, and that perhaps this should have been edited down with a faster pace to a short film of about 40 mins.

The score was also fairly decent and apropriate but felt out of place in a few scenes. My main issue was the sets... clearly not much of the budget went into them, as a few desks and fluorescent bulbs with outdated equipment and miles of thin phone lines don't make for a convincing set that apparently needed to draw power from many major cities in many states.

Nevertheless, for a very low budget C-grade film with B-list actors, this was a fun little sci-fi. A well deserved 8/10 from me.
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1/10
Why even bother making this movie!
grahammwiles24 August 2018
If I could score this -10, I would. Low budget, bad acting, no story line. The film just didn't work at all. The only saving grace is that the film is short, but that didn't stop me from skipping 5min at a time to get to the end. Don't bother watching this movie.
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1/10
A waste of time
rriva-417-9937191 September 2018
There is nothing of substance....There is nothing else to add.
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1/10
terrible concept
bsx-0538429 August 2018
Anyone who rated this above 1 star is just lying. incredibly weak premise.
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2/10
Got completely lost at 60 min point
pkpera23 August 2018
The acting and direction was quite good, and even that science part was pretty much poor, it promised interesting finale.

Money origin was explained, so reviewer here, who complained about where are from those millions obviously did not follow it all time.

And then, suddenly some silly discovery that they 'needed third hand' for some input, and that must be persona with thermodynamic experience - what a letdown ! With all computers there must be 3 persons for manual input ? They really should took some 10 minutes effort, and figure out something less stupid.

"The happy end' happened - but I doubt that there is viewer who was happy with it. Maybe authors, who ran out of money and ideas ...

I give it 2 only because first part was done good for low budget movie.

I think that next time when I see runtime is so short will just skip it.
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1/10
WTF was this nonsensical waste of time??
gsosings6 April 2019
There are probably worse movies out there, but few that could match this overblown, pitiful nonsense!

The premise never led anywhere, meandering all over the map, and ending with the director's obvious "I don't know what to do anymore" lost conclusion.

I hope I've saved some of you from being tortured by this really lousy attempt at cinema. I mean YUCCH!
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5/10
Interesting premise, poor payoff
fnord-216 May 2019
Warning: Spoilers
As others have already said, the premise of the movie is really quite interesting, but the ending leaves you pretty flat. "Oh. Well. That's that, then. Time to do the laundry."

And this has the most literal example of "Chekhov's gun" I've ever seen in a movie.
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1/10
A story about the science of the afterlife by people who know nothing about either
phenomynouss5 May 2019
Warning: Spoilers
It's really difficult to properly review this without getting into the spoilers of it, in part because there's actually so little content here.

The plot setup is some guy named Isaac meets with an old friend Louis who is working on a big science experiment involving bending time and space and essentially bringing a deceased person back from the afterlife, and Dark matter might be people's "souls".

That is about as much as the film has in the way of explanation or science.

The film takes place almost completely in a dinky looking warehouse where they carry out their experiments. As such, it would take a lot in the way of creative writing and/or dialogue to carry this film. This film has none of that.

Louis and his partner Alex have inexplicably come up with a way to bring someone back to life and they brought back the girlfriend of some random guy in their alleyway who committed suicide two years prior. Her fully alive, intact body appears and is unconscious but alive.

There's nothing even remotely explaining how any of it works, and instead there is a big fixation on the "ethics" involved in the process in which 4 terminally ill volunteers had to be "euthanized" in order to bring someone back. Despite taking place in a rinky run-down warehouse, Louis has somehow managed to get ahold of TWO MILLION DOLLARS for EACH volunteer's family.

This becomes a big sticking point, and is really the only actual substantive thing we can tell is being done. It makes about as much sense as to imply that killing 4 random people in one spot will somehow bring 1 random person back to life.

The resurrected girlfriend provides absolutely nothing in the way of anything else, giving us a "I don't know" as to pretty much all afterlife-related questions except that the "gate" has been "broken" and she needs to go back or it will be broken forever.

That's the beginning and end of what ever she was trying to communicate. It's never elaborated upon any further, nor do we see any real consequences in terms of a timeline; is it okay for her to hang around for a day before going back? A full year? Only an hour?

Then it ends with Isaac deciding it would be a good idea to sabotage their experiment and give knock-out drugs to Louis and Alex in order to send the resurrected girl back, despite he himself openly stating he has no idea how to do so, and the tense music and machine noises indicating they are running out of time. Instead Alex wakes up and shoots him and he apparently dies and that's it.
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5/10
Thinking mans Science Fiction
mickjagger-4213020 September 2019
Recently saw this on amazon, pretty good, a lot to take in and a lot of talking about science and the spirt it world. Which makes it great in some parts and a little slow in others. It was obvious that this film was made for very little money but the acting and the presentation were good. The end is a head scratcher but in these type of thinking man films that's good. If you're looking for action and explosions this is not for you but if you like intelligent since fiction this is more what this film is.
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7/10
Hmmm, still not sure what happened at the end,
oceanblue-9520418 September 2019
But still liked the film. It puts out there a lot of sci-fi questions about life and death and what else is out there that we don;t understand. It features three scientist who have done something horrible and now have to fix wha their experiment has done to possibly the world and the the otherworld.

Good acting and interesting concepts even though the end was a little weird.
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7/10
Strange sci-fi
deathfromabove-025715 September 2019
This film has a very cool concept. It's about a guide of the dead being brought to the real world and gets stuck there. What happens after that is also interesting. It plays in the world of twilight zone and black mirror. The actors are all good and the story is too. Some of the sets look like they didn't spend a lot of money on them but the overall vibe and feel of the film keep me going with it.

Good little sci-fi film.
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6/10
Indie Sci-Fi
lalaland-738705 September 2019
Saw this on amazon prime. Interesting concept and intriguing characters. It's obviously not a big budget film but the interaction between the main characters is pretty good. They all have different perspectives on what to do about the strange situation they find themselves in and none of them seem to be right or wrong.

Loved that the girl from the Descent was in this.
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7/10
Excellent Science Fiction
kelvinkelvin-3975519 August 2018
The Capture is one of those small films that has big ideas. It's about scientists doing the wrong thing (isn't that what always happens) but the concepts are interesting and the characters are well thought out as to why they do what they do. The story is about a guide of souls that is captured by their experiment and what happens to them after she appears.

The story is intriguing and the acting is really good. Especially the girl from the film The Descent.
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8/10
If you like Black Mirror,
jr-0517222 August 2018
If you like Black Mirror you'll probably like this film. It is about a small group of scientist who take a group of terminally ill people and give them a compound that causes them to die at the same time. When they do this they also manipulate time and space and capture what came to take these souls to the other side as they call it. What they end up with is not what they expected. The film presents ideas (a lot of them) and people make bad choices (much like every episode of Black Mirror) they all have had horrible things happen to them in the past which is why they all worked on this experiment.

The three scientist and the girl that appears are all very different people with different motivations making it hard to tell who if anyone is right in their actions. They each have a choice to make that will effect the out come of the experiment and the one scientist Louis is the most interesting character of the group as he constantly explains his thought on the universe, dark matter and death. The other two characters are conflicted due to personal loss.

There are some heady concepts in the film, if I can compare it to anything other than Black Mirror Shane Carruth's Primer would be the one film I would say is in the same vein. Over all a good entry into independent science fiction.
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7/10
Cool Indie film
sciguy-5848731 August 2018
Obviously they didn't spend a ton of money on this film.It is well acted and has some very interesting concepts. While light on the special effects it does have something interesting to say.
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