Thursday, March 26, 2015
March 6, 2015 (LIMITED/VOD)
Screen Media Films
1 hour 30 minutes
Cults are easy to be persuaded by, as shown in Riley Stearns' movie "Faults." Starring Leland Orser from "The Guest" and Mary Elizabeth-Winstead from such films as "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" and "The Spectacular Now," "Faults" tells the story of the struggle two parents go through when dealing with their daughter, Claire, being taken into a mysterious cult called Faults. As a last ditch effort to get her out, Claire's parents call upon one of the world's foremost experts in the field of mind control, Ansel Roth, in order to do the deed. This film is one of the few times where I went into this knowing practically nothing about it, other than the cast and that it deals with cults. 90 minutes later, I emerged from the film with a strange awe pulsating through my eyes and mind.
This is one crazy and surreal movie, and it's one of those indie gems that I'd highly recommend seeking out. The performances are great, the story is captivating, Riley Stearns' writing/direction was on point and very impressive, and overall this is a movie that I really enjoyed. It drags a little bit and some performances are better than others, but honestly, this is something that really deserves to be seen and admired. If you haven't heard of "Faults" before, hopefully now you have, and I recommend seeing it. However, try to avoid the trailer if possible. It sells a different movie than what is delivered and kind of spoils some of the twists, turns, and surreal things that go on during the 90 minute duration.