Njedeh Anthony, Justin Morgan, Christian Kazadi (executive), Kurtis Anton (executive) for The Gestalt Effect, FJ Morgan
directed by Njedeh Anthony, Christian Kazadi
starring Ciarra Carter, Dane Oliver, Rachel Thundat, Victoria Antonelli, Eric Roberts, Sarah Bonrepaux, Clark Moore, Jean Charles, Bri Price, Monnie Aleahmad, Chelsea Rose Cook, Suzanna Akins, Ben Solenberger, Christian Kazadi, Grace Bosley, Alexis Barbosa, Hedyeh Falsafi, Tagger Skomsky, Carla Kechichian, Chad Sano, Justin Morgan, Cody Bushee, Jeff Frater, Mark Dasinger jr, Esther Agunbiade, Helena-Alexis Seymour, Kevin Barile, Kurtis Anton, Kyla Hymas, Joe Santos, Lexter Santana, Al Bouchillon, Rebecca Vandervort, narration by Bunmi Famuyiwa
written by Njedeh Anthony, music by Emmanuel Castro
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For millenia, Athena (Ciarra Carter) and Hermes (Dane Oliver) have
walked the earth as superior beings, as Gods, considering the humans as
mere playthings or maybe a distraction on a rainy day. However, recently
when she witnessed Methuselah (Jean Charles), the oldest man alive, dying,
Athena crossed paths with a mysterious woman, Mina (Rachel Thundat), who
could somehow see her when she wasn't supposed to and who exuded some
weird energy. Hermes then tracked her down and felt her essence as well,
so the two of them corner Mina and try to force her true identity out of
her - but Mina's just scared shitless, especially when the Gods teleport
her from hither to tither, and even let her witness her own rather
traumatic birth, and how it took several minutes before she started to
breathe. However, while just a mere mortal, Mina isn't a woman without
means, and she tries to make one escape after the next, and would have
succeeded as well, if it wasn't for Athena and Hermes being, well, Gods
... even if Mina thinks they're just really good hypnotists. But as the
Gods continue to play mindgames with her, something inside her awakens,
something she has thus far never been aware of ...
The always dependable
Eric Roberts makes an amusing guest appearance as God Poseidon.
A quite unusual movie, as on one hand it features all the
usual genre tropes you'd come to expect from a film like this, on the
other hand it tackles many a philosophical and religious question - and on
the third hand it also contains plenty of quirky comedy, of all things.
And somehow this weird blend comes across as an entertaining whole, thanks
to a dynamic directorial effort, plenty of well-paced action, very nice
effects work, and relatable performances ranging from the dead serious to
the tongue in cheek. And the result is a very enjoyable cinematic trip
through fantasy land.