They Look Like People - Guest Movie Review by Josh R.
When actions manifest your true thoughts, when the heart is turned outwards and you find yourself walking within its manifestations, when there is a room you move into with those you love, and that room is your soul laid bare, what do you find?
In the dazzling low-budget film “They Look Like People” (on Netflix), MacLeod Andrews and Evan Dumouchel portray two longtime friends staying in the outskirts of New York City, fending off the difficulties of life and a possible metaphysical alien war.
MacLeod Andrews is Wyatt, the early-thirtysomething haunted by voices and night terrors of a species which cloaks itself in the bodies of those whose souls it has already invaded through the eyes. Christian is the estranged friend with a steady tech job and the prospects for a relationship with a beautiful coworker. Their interactions together in the lonely northern city will determine the fate of the entire world, or at least their own.
To provide a short summary of the work, Wyatt is on his way out of civilization when he decides to check in on Christian at his apartment. The two hang out, and Christian has him stay as long as he wants. Wyatt exhibits strange behavioral patterns and ends up scaring Christian’s date, all the while endearing himself to Christian after such a long separation. All this time, Wyatt’s night visions command him to take socially alienating precautions against a coming conflict which no one else knows of.
The truth of this film is that its virtue deals with the conflicts continually going on between our personal and social worlds. We live in a state in which we are not only all connected, but we know it. At the same time, we each have our own, inner, personal states of being. No one can know the totality of its experiencing itself, and its essence is incommunicable. Thus, it would stand to reason that the divide between our social and inherently local selves would be in conflict in this culture of forgetful division, especially that of the body.
And this is exactly what the film deals in. Wyatt brokers constantly with the conflicting realities of his visions and social expectations. He grates against the day-to-day perceptions of the world as enforced upon him, and holds at the same time the secret knowing which could dissolve all outside. And the climax, the resolution, has him showing the physical answers to this inner conflict in absolutely the most jarring of ways.
For at the end, the question, of course, is, which world is correct? And truly, which will rule the day? For Wyatt and Christian, the answers to these questions will frame the fates of the rest of their lives, and potentially that of the world’s.
I give this film:
5 out of 5 Skulls
Special thanks to Samantha Savage and Sterling Coker for showing me this movie while I lived
on your floor. Love y’all.
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