The Rift: Dark Side of the Moon

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The film follows a sleeper CIA agent in Belgrade who is one of many agents dispatched to secure the remains of a crash landed satellite somewhere in Eastern Serbia. When the team finally reaches the crash site, they discover the satellite has vanished and eventually find themselves battling evil forces to unlock the terrifying truth behind their ill-fated mission.

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  • Ultimately, The Rift is an enjoyable and strange tale that's worth a watch when you've got time to kill. Just so long as you don't look too long into the rift itself.

    Dec 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 07, 2018
    If you were to ask many kids what they would want to be when they grow up, a good percentage of them would say that they want to be an astronaut. If I wanted to be an astronaut when I was kid, I really have no recollection of it. The first thing I remember really wanting to be as a kid was a veterinarian, which I already touched on in a recent review. But I honestly get the appeal of wanting to be an astronaut. You get to explore space and the moon, in your own mind, since the Apollo program's last (official) mission took place in 1972, 16 years before I was born. It must be a pretty exciting job being an astronaut, at least being in space. What one doesn't think about are the years of training it takes to get yourself physically and mentally ready to get to that point, but people obviously romanticize that aspect of it. Having said that, one often wonders how many things astronauts have seen that for one reason or another they cannot share with the world. I'm certain there's been a few incidents here and there with some strange phenomena taking place, but one that you won't hear about from official channels since, to them, secrecy is of the utmost importance. Which brings us to this movie. I don't know what I really think of this movie. Personally, I think the lack of a bigger budget and limited scope, at least until the last couple of minutes, definitely held it back and it doesn't always execute its ideas perfectly, everything prior to the climactic act feels like a chore to get through. But, having said all that, I felt that this made at least somewhat of an effort to do something that, in spite of it borrowing from other sources, was a little bit different and, quite frankly, out there. Now that I've said that, I still feel that it wasn't handled as well as it could have, I think someone like a Christopher Nolan or a Rian Johnson would have handled this concept considerably better. Again, I think the limited approach of the whole thing holds the movie back, like there's so many places you could go with this and, again, until the climax, they keep it grounded in Serbia. Not that there's anything wrong with that, I just felt that it would have been better had they explored its effects on a worldwide basis for longer instead of just leaving it for the last few minutes of the movie, which is what they did. But I have to give credit where it is due and the film definitely makes an effort. I always respect when filmmakers take risks, whether those risks end up paying off or not. They could have taken the easy way out and just had as generic of a horror/sci-fi movie as possible. There are certainly parts of it that are very generic, but there's also parts of it that end up surprising you. It is quite the movie, to be honest. I wouldn't say it's a good movie (or even a decent one), but I'd have to say that it's better than the trailers made it out to be. Movie starts out simply enough. These Serbian and American agents are sent to retrieve this crashed satellite. Once they get there, arriving at a house in the middle of nowhere, things start to go haywire. Let's move this along, because if not I'm gonna be here forever. Essentially, the team of agents, comprised of two Americans and two Serbians, find themselves in the basement of this house. There they find this astronaut, in his suit, lying on a table. After eliminating the family who lived in that house, after they threatened and shot at the agents, they try to figure out what's going on with this astronaut. The professor, Dysart (Monte Markham, who played Blanche's gay brother in The Golden Girls, much to my surprise), who's in his 80s at this point in the movie and dying, says that he recognizes the man. He says that the Apollo missions kept going even after their official 'termination' and that he went to the moon with the man on the table, Henley. As Dysart counts it, there was a wormhole that opened up on the moon and that Henley walked through it. After this, Henley has been missing for 35 or 36 years (I forget the exact number). So then the mystery becomes what happened to Henley, where has he been for all this time and why did he appear here. I'll be frank, the mystery of what Henley was up to is never resolved, so if you go into this expecting answers, then I'm sorry to say that you won't get any. But I think that also adds a little bit of intrigue to the ending, because you're wondering as to where exactly Henley had been that has given him the...abilities that he has now gained. At this same time, the dead have started rising up and that's another mystery to figure out on top of that. Of course, given the film's events, you quickly figure out that Henley has now gained the ability to bring people back from the dead whenever he wants. Only thing that, apparently, works is removing the head from the body. There's also this boy, who also came back from the dead and seems to be the son of the people who owned the house where the satellite supposedly crashed. Waid, our lead character, feels protective of this motherfucker as a result of her own son having died from cancer a few years back. I understand her reasoning, but at the same time I don't. That "connection" between the two felt really forced. I didn't believe, for one second, that any human being would react the way Waid did when confronted with the fact that the dead have, seemingly, risen up from their graves. The acting is nothing to write home about, but it is better than you would expect. There comes a later point where Dysart reveals that he went back to the moon, because apparently he can make that decision on his own without consulting with FUCKING NASA, and he saw the wormhole open again. He saw a woman, a woman whose cross he took. That woman was Waid, in modern times, who also saw the wormhole in front of the kid's grave. This didn't really do anything or go anywhere of importance. It really seems to be there for no reason whatsoever. I just feel that it didn't really add anything to the main narrative other than to show us that time is simply not a straight line. But that's already been theorized many times before and it offers nothing new to the table. Perhaps nothing in the movie really offers anything new, but this part just feels a little pointless and unnecessary. The movie already plays with the concepts of time wormholes without this scene and its inclusion didn't expand on that. To me, in my honest opinion, the best part of the movie would have to be its soundtrack. So much so that there's actually an album of the songs featured here, or some of them at least, available to purchase on Amazon. There's some great 70s space-prog rock here. The track that plays during the opening credits is pretty great and it's very Pink Floyd-ian. There's also one by Nektar, called Astronaut's Nightmare, that plays about halfway through the film that's also pretty great. The film using the the name of a Pink Floyd album, and a classic one at that, means that the soundtrack itself has some Floyd covers of songs that appeared on that album. I don't think any of them show up in the movie, but still. The soundtrack is pretty top-notch and it seems like the majority of the budget went towards securing these songs for usage. And some of these are by relatively obscure artists, so they probably didn't have much to work with and what they did, they used on the soundtrack. And I think that's the problem, because while I like some of what the film does, I think the scripting needed a little tightening up. The movie doesn't really start becoming interesting until considerably later on and by then you've already been taken out of it somewhat. The movie got me back, but not enough for me to say that this was a decent movie. I just think it was too concerned with securing the rights to these songs first and then the movie came second. And it should have been the other way around, make sure you have a good movie on your hands and THEN secure the rights. Their priorities were messed up. The cinematography is a little dull and probably part of the reason that, once people saw the trailer, decided to pass on it. You gotta put your best foot forward and this film failed to do that. Moving on, the ending is gonna be a little confusing for some people, but I do think it works. Essentially, Henley has the power to control time and space, to the point that he sends Waid back in time when her son was still alive and Agent Smith (Ken Foree) is brought back from the dead, as he is now a bodyguard for some authority figure. Henley starts being worshiped as a messiah by some as the dead start rising up from their graves all over the world, apparently. And then the movie ends. I suppose you're meant to give it your own explanation, whatever suits you best. Sometimes that's a lazy approach, as it helps avoid giving the people a real ending, but I think it works here. I think it works because it adds more mystery to where Henley was all the time he was missing and what exactly he experienced that gave him these abilities. It's not like it's a great ending, but it's solid enough. With that said, I still can't say that this was a decent movie. There's just nothing to the first half or so of the movie. And everything after that, while certainly more interesting than what came before, isn't handled as skillfully as to make this worth watching. It's got some good ideas, but it lacks the knowledge in how to use them properly. It tries, but it ends up falling short of its goals. This is certainly watchable enough, in my opinion, but there's nothing that you really need to go out of your way to see.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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