SYNOPSIS:In the year 2154, a group of young men and women awake in a dark claustrophobic maze. They don't remember who they are or how they got stuck in the Black Labyrinth of Andron. The group must learn to decipher codes, understand the signals and beat the tests in this mysterious and bizarre place. Out of necessity they struggle to form a bond to survive, while the outside world watches and wagers on their fate. [Source: Momentum Pictures]
A long list of short films leads Francesco Cinquemani to his feature directorial debut in Andron. Unfortunately, the writing lacks in the sophistication represented by the incredible set design and stellar CGI within the film. Andron is akin to the Hunger Games. A group of ten is forced to partake in a series of tests created and controlled by the game maker played by Alec Baldwin. The exercise is called “The Redemption Games” and only one can win (meaning come out alive).
According to Wikipedia, the word Andron refers to a number of symbolic references from Greek mythology including architecture. The planning involved in designing “The Redemption Games” is quite evident. The stone structure used by each of the members is very Greek looking in design and detailed. It is apparent Cinquemani, who also penned the script, is adept at achieving a compelling and intense aesthetic. The camera angles are as crafty as the set design. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andron, extracted May 25, 2016]
The CGI is masterful and enhances the futuristic appeal of the film quite nicely. In fact, the filmembraces a horror aspect but the CGI masterfully envelops the sci-fi component.
Another appealing element of Andron is the fighting scenes coupled with the sound design. Sci-fi horror fans will embrace the realism of a skull being crushed by a superhuman arm, for example.
However, some of the dialogue would be best described as trite. For all of its interesting ideas, the film really doesn’t add any new twists to story we’ve all seen before. For example, the Chancellor (Danny Glover) becomes upset at a mistake by the game maker (Baldwin) and exclaims, “it could trigger a global rebellion.” The dialogue is too distracting and detracts from becoming immersed in the film.
Overall, Andron does as much right as it does wrong. The film contains meticulous set pieces that give the film mythological yet futuristic atmosphere. The CGI and innovative aesthetic is stunning. However, it has a script that needed more revision to improve stilted dialogue as well as pacing that holds it back.
Andron will be available in theaters, VOD and digital on June 3, 2016.
Directed by: FRANCESCO CINQUEMANI
Cast: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, The Departed); Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon series, The Color Purple); Michelle Ryan (Covert Affairs, Cleanskin)
Genre: Sci Fi, Action
TRT: 90 minutes
Genre: Sci Fi / Action
Watch the Andron trailer below: