Directed by Dennis Jliadis
Don't let the fact that the director of 2009's politically abhorrent and leeringly icky Last House on the Left remake also directed this movie make you think you should skip it. I wouldn't have thought he was capable of making such a philosophically knotty and morally complex movie either! But here we are with +1, a creepy science-fiction romance in the tradition of Timecrimes and Triangle about a trio of college-aged suburban-Georgia friends who go to a party that quickly becomes what might be the craziest party in movie history. I don't mean because of its epic Project X scale—in a house festooned with lights like the original Luna Park, with a human sushi-plate and a living room tennis volley with a flaming ball—but because of the unlikely guests who crash it.The weirdness starts with an asteroid that falls to Earth, which (because, uh, it's an asteroid; don't ask questions!) creates doubles of all our party guests disjointed in time: they're themselves from 20 minutes ago, like time travelers who didn't make it very far, allowing the characters to rewatch what they just experienced for the ultimate in mediated experience, a walking-and-talking freshly captured cell-phone video. (Or, you know, sort of like the end of Back to the Future II.) These doubles linger a while, vanish, and return slightly closer in time; the driving tension is the mystery of what'll happen when they meet in the present. The phenomenon offers one of our heroes, the Dawson-esque Rhys Wakefield, the chance to repair the mistakes he made with his pissed- off girlfriend (Ashley Hinshaw)—that is, to be dishonest and manipulative in order to win her back… the version of her from earlier in the evening, I mean, which raises quite the ontological quandary: does your position on a timeline determine who's more authentically you? Are you more you than you were 20 minutes ago? Many of the characters deal with this question hysterically, leading to some tragedy and much shocking savagery against their out-of-synch twins. Talk about self-defense.
Opens September 20