Frequencies / OXV: The Manual (2013)

Director: Darren Paul Fisher
Starring: Daniel Fraser, Eleanor Wyld. UK. 1h 45m.

Synopsis : Are human conditions, actions, relationships determined by fate, free will, or a combination of both? At any rate, if it we cannot control it – should we care?

Initially the slow drama of Frequencies starts out at school, where not only is the young and emotive Zak (Fraser) an outcast due to his low frequency he’s also deeply in love with the top girl Marie (Wyld) who is a victim of her high frequency, which totally rids her of any emotions or feelings. In this unconventional universe when they meet, their unusually high and low frequencies creates tremendous havoc. In their 60 seconds or less meetings they form a strained friendship, Zak being the lab rat while Marie tests the effects of their encounters. Later on in life, Zak’s persistent attempts to raise his frequency with the help of his best friend leads him to a discovery that not only uncovers our past but unlocks many secrets and has the potential to change all of our futures.

Frequencies seems to easily slide into the lo fi sci fi theme, it plays along two distinct themes to do with how we are connected to each other, it attempts to answer the time old question about how to choose a partner, do opposites attract or is there something else? While the viewer is still pondering this question that has been boldly posed in front of them, the movie throws a curveball and suddenly we’re considering fate and free will.

Many arduous philosophies and theories are at work in this movie. It successfully breaks them all down and relays them in the guise of a torrid love story, almost like a scientific Romeo and Juliet. It’s both amazing and tragic in certain aspects. A cerebral (Lo Fi) Sci Fi love story , with a deep connection to the makings of the universe.

The early stages of the film is presented as per each small encounter between the leads, almost in the style of a household friendly Peter Greenaway style. through the movie, as Zak progresses the scenes become longer and more inventive, although the lovely Zak is constantly the student learning about himself and the mechanics of his situation.

The film is lacking a grandioso soundtrack, it’s quite bland in respects to it’s audio especially as sound becomes a large part of it, a lot was lost here by stepping away from this, but there’s many realistic and poignant narratives within this windswept movie that attempts to open out minds to what love and relationships really mean to the individual.


Rating – 6/10

R: Pontypool (2008), Another Earth (2012) Timer (2009)
L: Lo Fi Sci Fi – Introduction


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