The short and the short of it: Therefore I Am

The intriguing "What ifs" of alternate universes is played out to full effect in Therefore I Am (image via Moviepilot (c) McCoubrey Brothers)
The intriguing “What ifs” of alternate universes is played out to full effect in Therefore I Am (image via Moviepilot (c) McCoubrey Brothers)

 

SNAPSHOT
“A mysterious encounter between a man who claims to be from the future and the man that he claims is his former self. A surreal psychological thriller about loss and regret. All set within the framework of a time travel story that loosely operates in accordance to the paradox-less MWI (many-worlds interpretation) in quantum mechanics.” (synopsis via Vimeo)

Therefore I Am is a fantastically clever film.

A sci-fi psychological thriller from the McCoubrey Brothers starring JD Taylor and Kevin Breznahan, it centres on one man’s repeated attempts to convince his younger self to take different steps that he did in the hope of saving someone near and dear to them both.

You never see who this person is, other than there being an intimation it’s the man’s girlfriend, but the key thing is what’s done and how it’s done to avert her demise.

And it is, as Firstshowing makes clear, a “mindf*ck” of a concept in the best possible way.

You’re left wondering what you might do if someone turned up claiming to be your older, wiser, more disillusioned, bashed-up self and honestly the odds are good that you’d probably be as sceptical as the younger version of the man.

Watching it all unfold, where one word can fundamentally change the trajectory of one man’s life is profoundly engrossing and you’re left wishing it could have gone on for much longer.

 

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