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New Release Review - BREAKING INFINITY

Breaking Infinity review
A time-travelling scientist fears he may have triggered an impending apocalypse.

Review by Blair MacBride

Directed by: Marianna Dean

Starring: Neil Bishop, Jonny Phillips, Martin Bishop, Zoe Cunningham, Zed Josef

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Well, as bizarre films go, this is certainly up there. A mind boggling viewing experience - not in a good way - Breaking Infinity definitely doesn't beat around the bush in immediately setting off on its odd voyage of time-travel storytelling.

Luscious Celtic landscapes and a disheveled, shaven Gandalf lookalike capture the film's first moments. Then, all of a sudden, a perplexed Liam (Neil Bishop) awakes suddenly in a hospital bed having no recollection of who he is or of events that have unfolded. His mind begins to play tricks on him, or what we as the audience perceive to be tricks at first - but all is not as it seems.

Breaking Infinity review

The only other soul around is Emma (Zoe Cunningham), the doctor looking after him. Shortly after Liam's awakening, she helpfully gives him, and us, a little context. She suggests that the confused Liam was caught up in an electromagnetic energy field which caused him short term memory loss. As the film progresses, though, we find out that Liam seems to have a connection to something much more profound in military research, and it's his responsibility to "break the infinity" before time runs out.

As a low budget independent film, kinder stalwarts of the indie cinema scene may prescribe patience with this film's foibles. That said, the poor dialogue, awful plot, and '90s era special effects make it difficult to be a bearer of that leniency. Breaking Infinity emits the vibe of a poorly put together video-game supra-cut scene, with it in fact missing the best part: playing the game out yourself and being able to skip the unimportant filler. In other words, this indie flick feels like it's only really the writer that knows what's actually going on. Indeed, Marianna Dean's direction struggles to elevate the film too, and fails to make a clear passion project decipherable to a wider audience.

Breaking Infinity review

Instead of the creative team leading us through a developing plot naturally - by means of gradually piecing together the story that they were no doubt trying to achieve - the film is rather filled with endless changing and irrelevant circumstances. Although each repetitive interaction between different characters is supposed to carry importance, in truth, most appear disjointed. Random exchange here, random exchange there, it really does leave you longing for a quick wrap up of proceedings.

Neil Bishop as Liam is arguably the only positive to take away from this project. His performance, albeit in some places cringey, is nevertheless steady throughout, and he really does as best as is possible with the script available. Bishop's ability to keep you engaged in whatever he is saying, irrespective of the drab story, is a real eye catching feat - definitely one to watch for the near future.

Breaking Infinity review

That being said, a decent performance from its lead protagonist can't save this film even just a smidgen. While the idea of a man being sent back through time to save the world sounds like an exciting concept (if not well overdone), in reality, Breaking Infinity is incredibly odd, difficult to follow and devoid of actual substantive story development.

Breaking Infinity is on UK/ROI VOD from July 3rd.

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