Viewers’ opinions might be divided over this film because the concept does become unusual and isn’t completely explained. However, I think this works overall as it puts the viewer in a similarly confused state to Chris’s character. Meeten does a good job in this and is easy to sympathise with and relate to as he unravels. One of his best moments is when he is speaking to his therapist, Morland (Geoffrey McGivern) – he names his depression ‘the ghoul’ and talks about his mental illness in a way I don’t think I’ve seen in a film before. In addition, McGivern also gives a good performance as Chris’s eccentric and enthusiastic therapist, all the while giving the sense that something isn’t quite right.
The only thing I’d say bothered me in particular in some scenes is the lighting; a lot of scenes were meant to be dark but the outlines of characters were barely visible so that could have been improved. Some shots were also a bit too out of focus, although this was probably intentional as it does reflect Chris’s state of mind. Overall, I would really recommend this because it’s unique and despite some of these visual problems, it doesn’t take away from the story as the writing is the strongest part of the film. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Tunley does in the future, because this proves him to be a talented filmmaker beyond his career as an actor.