Upon visiting GenCon 2015, I knew I had to kill some time as my friends were participating in tabletop tournaments (not my cup of tea but I see the popularity in it, nonetheless). The poster to this movie, Magnetic, in the program guide of the Con really caught my eye and I was going back and forth on whether or not I was going to commit to see this. As I was wandering around, a person grabbed my attention calling me over and telling me that I should see a movie that’s about to start and went on about to say how great it is. I have time to kill, why not? As I sat in the room meant for hundreds but with only a fraction in attendance, I quickly realized that it was the movie Magnetic and realized that fate may have brought me here to see it.
What really roped me in was the music, and the spectacular soundtrack in general throughout the movie. It really kept me my attention going during the viewing and constantly had me wondering what they were going to play next. I would dare to say that this was one of the big highlights of the movie. No soundtrack like this has really swept me up since maybe Tron Legacy.
The story played off as a broad mystery, with many events that happen without it really explaining why things were the way they were. It is said that at the year’s end, the Earth will be obliterated and everything will cease to exist. The main character is a woman named Alice, played by Allix Mortis, in which she is going along in New York City piecing together her memories and dreams to make sense of the world on the brink of it’s destruction and how she may be able to see why the Earth may be worth saving. As you continue to watch, important spots in the movie begin to reveal themselves. The general feel of the movie was relaxing even though it kept your mind going at the same time.
The only slight downside I had with the movie was the main character. I just wasn’t sure if the lack of emotion [in her acting] throughout the movie was intentional or not. If it was, bravo, as I was interested in how she was able to contain certain emotions during some big plot points and reveals. This should not take away from the movie as she was overall fine in her delivery.
In conclusion, as someone that doesn’t dive into independent films too often (actually, hardly at all), Magnetic may be the one that changes my perception going forward. You don’t need big budgets and actors/actresses to make the movie, sometimes it’s just the heart and effort that is enough to suffice. The environment, direction and [most importantly] soundtrack really moved me enough to a point to write about this film, and I would encourage movie watchers with an open mind to give it a shot.
The movie is going through festivals until the end of the year. They’re still shopping around for a distributor, so they don’t have a release date or other details like that. It is expected that it will come out around Spring 2016, but it just depends on that particular process.