Repeat 2021 Film Review Richard Miller

Repeat (2021), directed by Richard Miller and Grant Archer | FEATURE FILM REVIEW

Where do our souls go after we are dead? Does consciousness vanish with our dead bodies? Can we connect to people in the afterlife? These are the questions that the film Repeat (2021) poses.

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Repeat (2021): talking with the dead?

Repeat (2021) is a feature sci-fi movie in which a cognitive scientist, Ryan Moore, experiments with a machine that enables people to connect with and talk to their dead relatives.

Actor Charlotte Ritchie Repeat 2021
Actor Charlotte Ritchie in sci-fi movie Repeat 2021

To prove his new discovery, Moore conducts practical demonstrations in university halls with people who volunteer in the experiments. The latter are preceded by loud and horrible voices along with blinding light.

Although the movie has a small cast of characters, Repeat (2021) is a multi-layered narrative with a number of subplots revealing hidden motives, offering twists, and providing insights into the past of the protagonists. As the different strands of the story open up, the most surprising twist is saved for the end of the film.

Both Tom England and Charlotte Ritchie, playing Ryan Moore and Emily Moore respectively, give outstanding performances.

England wonderfully plays the role of the cognitive scientist and loving father, with a singular focus on his new discovery. Ritchie convincingly captures the complex character of a woman who is grappling with grief over a lost child whilst trying to fix a conjugal relationship and dealing with a past about which she is not completely honest.

Sombre background music and dim lighting adds to the tension, emotional struggle, and grief of the characters.

Grief and the ethics of research

Ryan Moore’s discovery is not without its emotional and psychological toll. As he immerses himself in his new machine, his wife, Emily, a character of stability and moderation in the story, feels increasing detachment. Her grief for her missing daughter is amplified by her husband’s unadulterated focus on his new technology.

Unlike many sci-fi movies with grand settings, Repeat (2021) relies solely on the centrality of its robust ideas. This feature film touches upon themes of closure, the ethics of research in brain science, and the grave implication of experiments if they go wrong, as well as the plausibility of talking to dead people.

Repeat 2021 Directed by Richard Miller and Grant Archer
Repeat 2021, directed by Richard Miller and Grant Archer

The possibilities and limitations of science

The film deftly deals with its scientific subject in a careful and cautious manner, exploring the possibilities and limitations of science and human capabilities. It captures the paradox that noble intentions do not necessarily yield positive outcomes and might inadvertently produce the opposite of desired results.

A fresh perspective on an interesting subject

All in all, Repeat (2021) is a good science-fiction movie with a fresh perspective on an interesting subject of cognitive science, all within an engaging plot.

Directors Miller and Archer have done a wonderful job in executing the story. The settings, the lighting, and background music bring to life the atmospherics of the film which involves heartache, grief, and dangerous yet exciting scientific discovery.

Despite the relatively slow pace of the movie, the occasional twists as the story unfolds make it an engaging watch.

But the most interesting part of the film, I think, is pulling off the difficult feat of presenting a complex scientific subject in decipherable terms without oversimplification.


Editor & Artwork: Richard Williams

4 out of 5 stars