Movie Review: Eternal Code (2019)

September 2, 2019

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?
It’s Ponce de Leon 2099 as a genetic research company type-o-deal has ciphered a way of prolonging human life… if you got the dough that is, dig?
Naturally said company is as crooked as a dog’s hind leg, and the way they go about their research is what the scientific community labels “fuckin’ wrong as balls”. Fortunately, the company’s CEO Bridget Pellegrini (Erika Hoveland) is kinda “hell naw” on the whole affair, and she wants that shit to cease, pee-ronto.
Well, her board of directors reacts to that like one would a fart in a submarine, and tries to get her to cool ‘er jets, as does the the man with the slick-as-shit name, Dr. Magnus (Yan Birch)… hell, even her hubs Mark (Billy Wirth) puts the guilt trip upon our harried heroine.
Long story short; Bridget gets locked away by the company (as part of their Executive Kidnap Community Outreach Program) while Magnus and his assistant Nikita (Vida Ghaffari) kick out the jams with the whole fountain of youth bag. Will a suicidal vet and a prostitute be able save the day, and rescue Brid-dawg and the fam? (yeah, those characters are in the whole thing… they just don’t warp in from parts unknown and say “Well, here we are, let’s save the day if we can stop shootin’ and screwin’!”)
To be perfectly honest with you boils n’ ghouls, I had no idea what to expect quality-wise with Eternal Code, but I was surprised to find this flick to be both pretty well-made and engaging to boot.
Is the film the most polished gem to hit the silver screen? Nope. This is a lower-budgeted affair through and through, but it contains some good camerawork, and a cool, almost monochromatic at times, color palette that brings the cold scientific under-pinning of the narrative, and the acting is strong as well.
For a thriller, things are on point story-wise as we get a slow burn that culminates in a satisfying conclusion (and this year’s award for Most Vague Film Review goes to… ). Seriously though; writer/director Harley Wallen did a solid job with this one (dammit, that’s kinda vague too… ). Look, if you are in the mood for some science-based suspense with good acting and cinematography, give Eternal Code a look-see why don’t ya?

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