Gaia Movie Review
A dark, grimy, trippy, and twisted horror-thriller where nature and man are both symbiotic and brutal enemies, Gaia is a riveting, immerse venture into the heart of darkness. Directed by Jaco Bouwer and powered by a groundswelling score by Pierre-Henri Wicomb, Gaia grabs you by its tentacles and pulls you close, rarely relenting.
Also featuring great performances by Monique Rockman and Carel Nel, Gaia will easily become a sought-after cult classic for horror aficionados, though it may get a little too weird and psychedelic for more average moviegoers (myself included).
Bouwer arguably relies on the score a little too much--but knows how to use it to mask the film’s deficiencies--and doesn’t quite figure out to use the terrifying creature design for terrifying results, but there’s a lot to like here.
This movie was reviewed as part of coverage for the 2021 SXSW Film Festival.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.