Evan Glodell as Woodrow in "Bellflower". Photo by Joel Hodge
Sundance Film Festival
Director: Evan Glodell
The initial premise for Evan Glodell’s first feature film appears creative enough to be intriguing and engaging all at once. Woodrow (Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson) are two friends who spend their days preparing for the Apocalypse by constructing flamethrowers and muscle cars that spit fire in preparation for their two-man gang, Mother Medusa, to take over the community once chaos rains over the land. The groundwork appears to be going as planned until Woodrow meets Milly (Jessie Wiseman) and their affection for one another hinders the original plan for social domination. Just as their affection appears to reach its peak, a devastating blow of mistrust sparks a back-and-forth war of revenge that leads to a shocking series of unforgivable retributions. The first two acts of Glodell’s romantic thriller flows consistently with only a few questionable setbacks, but his conclusion amputates itself entirely as though he decided to make a separate film midstream. The majority of the cast offers concrete performances, but Glodell ought to refrain from stepping in front of the camera due to the fact that his talents clearly reside behind it. The most appealing element to the film comes from Joel Sharpe’s striking cinematography, but his employment of pointless crafty techniques like multiple spilt-focus shots distracts viewers more than it enthralls.