Above The Shadows
Director: Claudia Myers
HIPZEE / Myriad Pictures / Boundary Stone Films / Bondit Media Capital / Gravitas Ventures
What a hard sell this must have been – a romantic sci-fi drama that features, to varying degrees, MMA, Jim Gaffigan, Megan Fox and a cover and cover design that suggests the whole thing was devised off the bag of a drunk game of Madlibs.
But Above The Shadows is quite good!
Yeah, I’m not going to go much further than that in terms of recommending it – but there’s heart, and an interesting story here and as a nearly all-ages family drama with strong, unique storytelling and a decent concept and message it’s really a nice surprise.
It’s a fantasy film by writer director Claudia Myers and though it might seem convoluted to unpack it actually flows really well and keeps a level of intrigue.
Holly (Oliva Thirby) is invisible – it’s a metaphor that’s turned literal. She can’t be seen. She faded from view, as the unpopular, uncool middle child of a family she was wiped from her family’s mind when her mother died.
So Holly becomes a photographer – she can get in anywhere and she’s able to capture celebrities in unflattering shots, she’s able to ruin careers, catch candid moments; she sends her photos in and gathers the gold. She gets away with it always. No one sees here.
Then one day the bouncer at a club actually recognises her – can see her. Turns out that Shayne (Alan Ritchson) was once a rising star in MMA. He had a movie-star girlfriend (Fox) and he was knocked down – in both his career and personal life – because of one of Holly’s photo.
It’s an off-filter coming-of-age/do-right movie premise. But if you stick with it – it works.
In the end I was glad to see this film. But everything about it – including this batshit review, sorry – is weird-af. A hard sell. I’ve no idea how they got this one over the line.