Joe wakes up in an unfamiliar place that is suppose to be his home, and finds a person who claims to be Joe. Part of Joe, that is. Struggling to figure out what the hell is going on, Joe gets deeper and deeper into his own mind but the confusion remains. Vague memories slowly piece things back together.
Pericles Lewnes made the brilliant B-splatter "Redneck Zombies" over 20 years ago, and it has been his most famous work since, but 50 years from now, Pericles will be remembered among independent movie fans for "LOOP".
"LOOP" is a film that could be hurt by too many spoilers, but it's also a film that has to be seen to be truly understood, so spoilers would not ruin the experience of it all. I will still try to keep this review as spoiler free as possible. The film starts out as a mystery and it becomes a bigger and bigger mystery until the end, if it even stops being one then. With an intelligent story and unique visuals, "LOOP" keeps you hooked, and it keeps you guessing. Many ideas of what could be going on are popping into our heads while you stare at this odd piece of art. But,.. your mind will mostly likely not figure what's going on before it's told to us. You might not even understand then either. I've only viewed this film one time so far, but I know that I will need to watch it two or three more times to understand it. There are a few things in the final reveal of the film that I will never truly understand because I can't relate to them at all, but there is something to catch in this film for everyone. The film is simply put amazing. I don't think I've seen a film that is as independent as this film, and that still remains this deep and smart.
Pericles Lewnes plays the lead role himself and he does a damn fine job at it. I don't think anyone could replace his performance, because I think Pericles might be the only one who really understands how to play the character and why. The rest of the (small) cast are doing a good job too, especially considering how much dialogue they have to do. This goes for Pericles too, of course.
I mentioned the visual aspect of the film earlier. There is always some kind of effect or filter used in the film, and just like in films like "The Demons Among Us" and "I Never Left The White Room", it works as a benefit for the film. As for special effects, like monsters and gore, well.. there is none. This is not a horror movie or a splatter movie, so we don't need it, and we don't want it.
"LOOP" is a hard film to review without revealing too much, but still getting the reader to understand how unique and special this film is. For an independent film that consists 80% of dialogue, it keeps your surprisingly hooked throughout. You will see yourself in Joe, and you will hear things you've thought so many times yourself before. You will most likely not understand everything about "LOOP", but you will be stunned when the end credits start rolling. "LOOP" will most likely remain as the best non-horror independent film I'll see this year. Even counting horror, it wouldn't be far from the top.