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You’re going to be hearing quite a lot from us about Drew Hall’s latest film”Convergence,” an independent supernatural horror/thriller hybrid from Frame 29 Films that I’ve been truly lucky enough to see in advance of its festival run and release. The reason you’ll be hearing quite a lot about it from us (and I’m sure from multiple other sources as it starts to do the rounds) is that it is really very, very good. A twisty-turny movie from start to finish, Convergence is a terrific film which I really can’t recommend highly enough for sheer entertainment value.
For now, however, we’re just going to drop the teaser trailer that sets the eerie tone of the film without giving away any spoilers. Check it out below, and do follow Drew on Twitter here and Facebook here, and check Frame 29 Films’ website here. You won’t regret it.
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Starring: Clayne Crawford, Ethan Embry, Mykelti Williamson, Gary Grubbs, Chelsea Bruland, Catalina Soto-Aguilar Kind
Ben, a police officer who’s part of an anti-terrorist task force, suffers a major trauma when he confronts a bomber planting a second device in a disused building. Waking in hospital, he discovers that everything is a little…off. His boss, though concerned for his well-being, is being overly enigmatic, as is the elderly Peter the security guard/custodian. However any concerns he has about his surroundings are pushed aside when it becomes apparent that the bomber, Daniel, has followed him to the hospital, with deadly intent…
We recently reviewed CTU: Special Ops, the first feature directed by Drew Hall. It’s an enjoyable action movie which does suffer a little from last-minute changes to the script which leaves a few plot threads hanging. I’ve been fortunate enough to see a preview of Drew’s follow-up movie, and can happily report that not only is it not afflicted by the same issues but builds upon the strengths of CTU.
Working from his own script, Drew’s film works on a number of different layers at the same time. Any horror fan worth his/her salt will work out at least part of Ben’s predicament, however it is the way it plays out which makes the film unique, and details are teased out, not only about what is happening in the film’s present, but what has happened in the past. There are plenty of visual clues and titbits of overheard dialogue to clue you in as the story progresses.
Convergence is rather refreshingly devoid of obvious plot clichés. For example, when Ben finally discovers what has happened, he’s pragmatic enough to accept the facts but still determined to protect the people around him.
The production values are really strong. The action, which peppers the film throughout, is very well handled, with gun-fights and hand-to-hand scraps being well choreographed, shot and edited in a nice clear style. There are some very atmospheric sets, such as the makeshift altar Ben stumbles across. Makeup and costume design is also spot-on: there are some strong gore-fx and the quartet of killers have a very unique, sinister look to them (its basically their “normal” look, but in each case given a small macabre twist).
And then there’s the cast, who really work the material. Clayne Crawford who plays Ben has a particularly strong scene where he reminisces about his father. Wearing his glasses he comes across as a Jack Ryan type of cerebral hero who’s as likely to think himself out of a situation as fight his way out. Meanwhile Ethan Embry’s Daniel is a very enigmatic, sadistic killer, able to convince people to participate in his plans.
There is so much to consider with this film already, yet I’m deliberately being obtuse – there’s a lot I’m not saying and I’ll leave you to find out why. As mentioned earlier this film works on different levels, and it is likely to stay on your mind for quite a while after viewing.
Drew Hall’s second feature builds on the successes of CTU and learns from its errors. It presents a refreshing take on a particular genre and is thoroughly compelling from start to finish.
9 out of 10 (MikeOutWest)
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MOBILE, Alabama — Prolific Port City filmmaker Drew Hall’s latest release, “Convergence,” is a psychological thriller inspired by a spooky deserted hospital.
“I had noticed that the old Knollwood Hospital was closed so I began to think up what would be interesting set in a hospital,” said Hall. “With the empty hospital in my head I started thinking about what would honestly scare me and I remembered a story about a deeply religious man who felt that God would have him kill innocent people. As a southerner I have deep spiritual roots – so I decided to explore that world.”
Mobile audiences can see the freaky film on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m., at the Crescent Theater, located at 208 Dauphin St.
The screenings are fundraisers for The Crescent, and tickets are $10 per person. All the screenings will include a Q&A session with Hall. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.crescenttheater.com.
Produced by Frame 29 Films and Drama Free Zone, “Convergence” stars “Forrest Gump”‘s Mykelti Williamson, Mobile’s Clayne Crawford and Ethan Embry, who has appeared in dozens of TV shows and films including 1995’s “Empire Records.”
Screening attendees are sure to recognize the scenery in “Convergence,” which was filmed in Oct. 2013. It was shot at locations in west Mobile and downtown Mobile including Knollwood Hospital, and the studios of Mudbrick Media.
The plot centers on an arson detective (Crawford), who is recovering in a hospital after a routine investigation gone wrong. As he attempts to make sense of what happened, the haunted hospital itself presents its own series of spooky problems, including a religious zealot (Embry) who is passionately trying to convert the hospital’s denizens into his creepy congregation.
Fraking Films said “‘Convergence’ is “an interesting premise that is thankfully masterfully executed. ‘Convergence’ is an incredible film.”
And Mike Parkin from Flash Bang said “There is so much to consider with this film already, yet I’m deliberately being obtuse – there’s a lot I’m not saying and I’ll leave you to find out why. As mentioned earlier this film workson different levels, and it is likely to stay on your mind for quite a while after viewing. ”
Hall’s other Mobile-made films include a sci-fi action trilogy, made up of the films “Skyhook,” “The Phoenix Rises,” and “Sons of Liberty.”
“I knew that after Sons of Liberty I wanted to write something that was more personal,” Hall said. “Plus I really wanted to explore the design of a thriller.”
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Convergence stars Clayne Crawford, Ethan Embry (Cheap Thrills) and Mykelti Williamson.
Arson Detective Ben Walls (Crawford) wakes up in a hospital after a routine investigation ends in an explosion. Although met by a familiar face, Cpt. Saul Miller (Williamson), Ben soon finds out that not everything in this hospital is what it seems as he struggles to piece together the most important case of his life; meanwhile, shadowy creatures haunt the inhabitants and a religious zealot (Embry) roams the hallways converting the innocent into a congregation, all of which lead Ben to one fateful decision.
Drew Hall directs.
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