Review: Aimless

Opening on an atmospheric overture, the journey of a relationship gone awry with only our emotional recognition skills to tell us the story and no words to make it too easy for us. As events, or lack thereof as is more accurately the case, unfold the silence continues…until it does not, simple as that. While it lasts you can almost respect the choice not to molly coddle modern audiences as they so often are with today’s cinema, handed everything neatly wrapped and with an overtly explained bow; however, when the dialogue returns it does not have too much to add. The choice to introduce it 15 minutes into the film feels somewhat random, lasting a few scenes but not the entirety; a choice that feels confusing more than anything else. That description is quite possibly a good summation of the film as a whole; a mismatch of styles and directorial choices that don’t always seem to make complete sense.

There is emotion to the film but it’s lacking a dramatic element to spur on an audience involvement throughout the story or sympathetic angle to the characters. It’s a story of which we’ve seen in films like Frances Ha, directionless youth trying to figure out what they’re doing while basically doing nothing at all. Unfortunately it’s missing a charm, the dialogue only reveals a less sympathetic edge to the characters and leans towards the classic American clichés; not to mention the disappointing revelation of a 20-something man being unaware of Malala, hopefully not intended as a realistic. The film has a whole lot of issues: sound quality, writing and most definitively, coming across as utterly vapid. It starts out with potential but descends into a clichéd romance story that’s been told much too many times before; which is quite the shame.

Experimental, without experimenting with anything new but it does exactly what it says on the tin. Aimless comes across as a practice round, testing out writing and direction which gives more of an understanding to its faults. It’s a shame that it doesn’t follow its initial attempts but it’s a first step on a film-making journey where there’s much to learn and a personal style to be found among the weeds.

Verdict: 3/10

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