Beginning with a well-crafted sequence set during the American Civil War – complete with grizzled Confederates and cannon-fire – Eubank leads his audience on a merry chase through ages and eras, always at his best when trying to get across what little narrative there is as visually as possible. The scenes set aboard the Space Station (constructed on the director’s parent’s driveway) have been meticulously designed, with pizza bags and washing machines just two of the materials reputedly used to construct the blinking, floating mass of metal and synthetics. Sadly, what actually occurs in this wondrous space is of relatively little consequence, and anyone who’s seen Solaris, Moon et al will feel more than at home with the weighty – yet poorly explored – themes at hand.
Commendable for its glossy veneer, make-do-and-mend production design and delicate Angels & Airwaves score – but for precious little else – Love may well prove an effective calling card for Eubank, a filmmaker clearly well-versed in the technical artistry of video production. Whether or not he can make the leap towards creating something truly cinematic (rather than a stunningly shot, yet narratively wanting tech demo) remains to be seen.
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