FIN REVIEW: Entropic’s twisted cinema runs far beneath the surface

To say Entropic isn’t for everyone is less a warning for the squeamish to stay away, but a sentiment for those ready to enjoy an uncomfortable, poignant and difficult experience to settle right in.

There is a specific audience that’s going to go berserk for Entropic, and it’s for film lovers who love the subtle queer nuances of mainstream cinema and the ask from the filmmaker for the audience to suspend disbelief, and give themselves over for the journey.

If writer-director R.W. Gray was trying to absolutely pull me in from the first second the camera rolled, he succeeded. This film about the most beautiful man in the world, who devises an experiment with his college friend to quell the desires of those around him, is both a tale of feeling trapped in one’s own body, and seeks to answer how we free ourselves from the expectations of others.

It’s a sensual, beautiful film, and editor Jon Dewar and cinematographers Matt Rogers and Kaleigh Stultz work with Gray to make the first movie I truly love of this festival.

The film tugged at my emotions, and forced me to delve into my own psyche to ask myself the film’s own central question — What would I do were there no outside influences or expectations pushing me to inevitable outcomes?

To tell you all about the storytelling and the erotic, yearning script from Gray would be to do you a disservice.

It’s certainly not for everyone — with graphic sexual content and some truly unsettling vibes — but if beauty is art, then Entropic has so much layered past its skin deep surface that you have to see it for yourself.

4.5/5 Stars

You can catch Entropic at 9:40 P.M. on Friday, Sept. 13, at Park Lane Cinema.

One response to “FIN REVIEW: Entropic’s twisted cinema runs far beneath the surface”

  1. To say this movie was beyond strange is an understatement. I can’t say much more without saying “spoiler alert.” The beautiful man is drugged and people pay to do anything they want. He is unconscious so I don’t know how that works for full on sex. Graphic sexual content? Not much more than a day at the beach. You might see boobs or a m/f coupling from quite a distance, females keep their bras and skirts on. There was a lot of hetero stuff for a queer film. Too weird for me by far. I skimmed about 1/4 to 1/3 of it after 1/2 hour. How the reviewer was pulled in “from the first second” is a mystery to me. The face of the most beautiful man isn’t even shown for 45 minutes seemingly. A waste of an hour or so I’ll never get back. Pass on this unless you like not just weird but repetitive.


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