Long-time readers of this blog will be well-aware of our appreciation for movies of fantastical genres (like science fiction in this specific case), that tell stories centered around people of African descent. It’s still unfortunately very much a rarity to see black people starring in (Afro)futuristic films like this one, so when one comes across my virtual desk, I’m immediately curious – even better when it’s something that’s, overall, well-made.
Titled “Reversion,” the film stars Aja Naomi King (“How to Get Away with Murder”) as Sophie Clé, a delighted user of the Oubli, a wisp of high-tech jewelry that wraps behind the ear and uses neuroscience to help its users experience their most joyful memories as if they were happening for the first time. In addition to being the head of marketing for the company that makes this revolutionary memory-enhancing wearable device, she is also the daughter of its inventor, Jack Clé (Colm Feore). Sophie’s most joyful memory is the last day she saw her mother alive, fifteen years earlier. But on the eve of the Oubli’s worldwide launch, a stranger named Isa (Jeanette Samano) kidnaps Sophie, setting off a chain of events that remind us all, you can’t escape what you can’t forget.
It’s a film that trusts the intelligence of its audience, and thus doesn’t spoon-feed; you’re thrust into a world that isn’t entirely explained from the start, and you gradually start to make sense of it all, just as the lead character does, from scene to scene, moment to moment, until the *big reveal* at the end that ties everything together. To say anymore would be to ruin the experience for you, so check it out yourselves this weekend (it opens today, October 9) if you live in New York, Los Angeles or Chicago. A limited national roll-out will follow.
The film is directed by Jose Nestor Marquez (his second feature film directorial effort) from a script he co-wrote with Elissa Matsueda.
Lela Rochon, as well as Gary Dourdan and Jeanette Samano round out the FLUENCY Productions film’s key cast.
Check out the film’s poster (above) and trailer (below), followed by a few still images: