The Endless Movie Review
You’ve never heard of it, but you definitely should watch. An incredibly gripping and unique sci-fi thriller starring a bunch of people you’ve also never heard of, The Endless is easily one of the more mind-blowing and fascinating movies of the year.
The Endless follows two adult brothers who escaped a UFO cult ten years prior. One is content with his life, but the other longs for the companionship that the cult brought him, so much so that they decide to return for a single night, at the very least to settle past demons.
But what if the cult wasn’t as crazy as they remembered?
That right there is a pretty great premise for a movie, but filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, working from whatever limited indie budget they had, take things in directions you couldn’t fathom. The Endless is proof that with the right concept and solid direction, great films can be made for not much money.
Without giving anything away, Benson and Moorhead’s attention to detail pays off, as they complement their well-written script with plenty of visual delights and sci-fi nuances that add color to the story and make the movie feel like it cost 10x more to make than it actually did.
Neither Benson nor Moorhead, who also star in the film, are the most charismatic of actors, but they’re still solid and have great chemistry. They’re convincing as brothers who both love each other yet also look at life and what it has handed them in two very distinct ways. Where they excel, however, is in how they surround themselves with colorful characters and actors who, whether given multiple scenes or mere minutes of screen time, make the most of their time. The entire cast is great, something that isn’t often said about indie sci-fi thrillers no one has ever heard of.
I still don’t fully understand everything that happened in the movie, and lingering questions remain, but not only is that a sign of a great movie, it only makes me want to re-watch The Endless again. Maybe forever. It’s that good.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.