When everyone is sleeping, a different world is wide awake. Two different forces control our sleep. One is fighting for the good and they give us good dreams, the other is fighting for the bad and they give us the nightmares. After the mother of Emma has passed away, John, the father, has become more and more separated from his daughter and is letting his work rule his life. We get to follow John and Emma as their lives get pulled into this other world when a force that fights for neither good or bad takes Emma's soul.
There are some things I don't understand. Like how many seem to dislike Vanilla Coke, or how people can love the color teal. The newest thing I've added to this list is "Ink". To be specific, I don't understand how people can hate this movie. I've heard many good things, but it almost seems like more people dislike it, which I find very strange. I've been following the release of this film for many months because our friend Pericles Lewnes ("Redneck Zombies", "LOOP") has been promoting it ALOT through his "The Annapolis Pretentious Film Society", and I've watched trailers over and over again, reassuring myself that this would be an amazing film. And now that I've finally seen it, I just want to put my middle finger into a copier and make about a million copies to mail it to every little douche bag who obviously don't know shit about good films. "Ink" clearly is one.
The story is about a world beyond our own, a world where two (actually, three) different kinds of "powers" live. The good ones, they give us the good dreams. The bad ones, they give us.. Yeah, nightmares. And then we have the third kind, they're in between these two sides. Ink is one of those. Ink is set out to take the soul of a little girl, Emma, and hand her over to the dark side to become a part of them. Meanwhile, the good side tries to put a stop to him. We also have John, the father of Emma, who's not allowed to be with Emma ever since her mother passed away and her grandparents have custody. It gets a bit more complex than this might sound, but what amazed me the most was that it never got too complex to be easy to follow. It's not a normal movie by any means, but it all made sense eventually and that alone raised the bar for this film. Don't get me wrong, it's still strange, but when you're finished with this movie you're not gonna be scratching your head thinking "What the hell did I just watch?" (which sometimes is a good thing, other times it's not). Much like with "LOOP", I was left feeling something more humane that most independent films manage to do. All of this means that director and writer Jamin Winans has done an amazing job with his vision.
It's really hard to put a finger on why this film works as good as it does. Obviously, it's much because of the directing and writing, yet he couldn't have done it without a solid team to work with. To find a team like that for a really small budget like this one, you'll have to be really sure what you're going to make. Even though the acting wasn't always the best it could've been, and the CGI effects are fake-looking, sure, but neither make the film any worse. I was actually amazed at some acting in here, and the CGI effects look perfect for this film. I wouldn't have wanted them any other way, and I think that if you feel you have to work with CGI, doing it on a film like this, with a budget like this, it's a good reason.
I'm scared to over-hype this when I know so many dislike it, and I don't want to give too much away, but I'm being completely honest when I say that this is one of the best independent efforts I have seen this year. I watch a fair share of indie films, but fantasy / sci-fi films aren't my cup of tea. But "Ink" does it all perfectly. It tells an unbelievable story in a way that makes me believe it, and it does it with great visuals, good acting and scenes that are filtered to perfection (lately I've started enjoying filtering in films, much because I've work with it myself). Above the other things, it's a film that makes you think, and maybe even care. Like I said, it does something unbelievable believable. Forces that live in a world beyond our own might just be what makes us do the things we do. Atleast this film makes me believe it for a second or two, and that's alot more than your standard fantasy / sci-fi film does. It's not your most complicated movie. It makes you think, but not so much that you don't understand it. I urge everyone out there to watch the trailers for this film, and if you enjoy those, I think you will love this wonderful fairy tale.