To start off the new year, (Happy New Year, by the way!) here is a special review for an upcoming release from my state here in New Mexico. Recently, I was provided a screener for an independent film entitled TRUTH that was developed and filmed in Southern New Mexico and is making substantial steps toward distribution and release. It’s my pleasure to review it and provide this sneak peek for you here. Enjoy! (for more info, visit the film’s main page HERE).
- IMDB page <-click
- Starring: William McNamara, Robert Dean, Sabrina Gomez, Jon Tabor and more.
- Directed by: Michael Cramer, Troy Scoughton Jr.
- Synopsis: “In response to the days following 9/11, a covert government agency funds a black book project to develop a live virus, Nano-Technology based truth serum. Nanotrack Industries successfully develops Veritas PVH 13 and although it produces psychological anomalies in some subjects, this chemical crowbar permanently removes a subjects ability to deceive. Large scale testing on enemy detainees in a secure, off the grid, New Mexico research facility initially exceed all expectation, but when the virus mutates, it indiscriminately kills both prisoners and researchers alike. Ten years later, a group of racially diverse college students and their Professor, unwittingly stumble upon this buried secret while out on an extra credit assignment to document the mysterious Passion Valley Hospital hidden in plain sight in the Gila Mountains of New Mexico. The story is a science fiction, horror/thriller that entertains while at the same time offering deeper themes that explore who we really are when we lose the ability to live by deception.”
- Rating: Pending
Conspiracies, cover-ups and covert ops abound in this film following a group of curious and captious colleagues on a mission to expose a rumored alleged undercover government project in the forgotten and abandoned desert areas of Southern New Mexico. As the mystery unfolds, revelations of multiple kinds show that things are not as they may have appeared. The truth, sometimes stranger than fiction, can also be dangerous and, as the investigative crew soon discovers, perhaps ignorance truly is bliss.
Filmed in a style that will remind moviegoers of the likes of other horror films such as The Darkest Hour, The Chernobyl Diaries, Quarantine [rec] and The Descent, Truth delves a little bit deeper into the conspiracy and captures the suspense of the characters’ expedition as they wander and wonder through the rooms of an abandoned hospital with more secrets held and subsequently revealed than perhaps should be shared. As the truths begin to be exposed, tensions rise, relationships unravel and dangers increase while the group discovers they have bitten off more than they can chew.
As most films like these go, Truth inevitably falls victim to its predictability as the plot progresses. The characters’ importance as a whole is lost amid the conspiracy (perhaps the most impressive “character” being the location/hospital which adds so much to the film and could be considered a character of sorts all on its own.).
A few plot devices such as the mysterious government solution PVH13 keep the interest and intrigue throughout leading to its expected end. A few elements of the film, while distracting at times (such as overbearing music, forced acting/interactions and back-and-forth pacing) do not prevent the film from moving at a decent rate.
Truthfully, Truth is not all too new in concept but its use of story, location and overall look and feel make the effort and experience all the more impressive. Look for the film soon on multiple venues as it continues its journey.
A special Thank You to PRC Productions for the screener access and opportunity to review TRUTH. For more information on TRUTH, contact PRC Productions at:
PO BOX 13369
Las Cruces, NM 88013
(Remember, to read this review and over 300 more, check out THE ARCHIVE of movies reviewed anytime. Know before you go…or rent…or buy!)
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer