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First Look Review - DOUBLE WALKER

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A ghost takes revenge against the men responsible for her death.

Review by Eric Hillis

Directed by: Colin West

Starring: Sylvie Mix, Jacob Rice, Justin Rose, Quinn Armstrong, Maika Carter

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A ghost investigates her own murder in Colin West's directorial debut, Double Walker. It's certainly an intriguing premise, and in leading lady/co-writer Sylvie Mix, West's film benefits from an engaging, ethereal presence. But the picture feels jumbled, treading a fine line between ambiguity and outright confusion.

West and Mix's storytelling is muddled from the off, with the viewer playing catch up as we try to figure out just what we're meant to be watching here. Timelines get mixed up and characters are introduced with no real establishment of what exact role they play in the backstory.

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It opens with the funeral of a young girl, where her father delivers a eulogy, followed by images of her mother drunkenly fretting in their home. We then cut to a young man walking in the woods where he stumbles across an unresponsive young woman (Mix) with peroxide hair and dressed in what looks like a hospital gown. The man pretends he's looking out for her, but a red flag is instantly raised when rather than call the police, he takes her back to his home. When his leery intentions are made physically clear, the young woman stabs him in the throat with a teaspoon.

Through some awkward exposition delivered via voice-over, the young woman lets us know that she's actually the ghost of the aforementioned dead little girl. Given a choice to live one more day as a human or live forever as a ghost, she chose the latter. It seems she's now on a quest to take revenge on the men whom we assume played a part in her death.

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What follows is a curious breed of A Ghost Story and Promising Young Woman. The ghost is only visible to "believers and sinners," and she divides her time between killing creeps and observing people who can't see her. She also makes a friend in a drippy repertory cinema manager (Jacob Rice), who also never thinks to alert the authorities to this clearly troubled woman, but at least he doesn't get handsy.

West is clearly aiming for a dreamlike atmosphere here, but there's too much plot to be dished out for this to function as the sort of movie you can simply let wash over you. Plot details are doled out in a manner that will have you rewinding to see if you missed something, and it's confusing trying to figure out the exact rules of its metaphysical musings.

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With this and Poser, Mix's short career boasts two impressive performances in movies that otherwise don’t match her diaphanous presence, which is perfectly suited to playing a refugee from the spirit realm. With a little more work on honing the story, West might have created an eye-catching debut. What we get here is closer to an acting showreel for a promising young woman in Mix.

Double Walker
 is in US cinemas and on VOD from November 12th. A UK/ROI release has yet to be announced.

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