There’s a lot going on in Travis Milloy’s new sci fi/thriller Infinity Chamber. The writer/director digs deep into classic themes to weave a tale that is one part Kafka’s The Trial, one part 2001: A Space Odyssey, with a dash of Memento to bring the two together. Oddly enough, though the themes are present, the film still feels like something we’ve never seen before, and that is the real magic here.
Frank Lerner (Christopher Soren Kelly) wakes up in a futuristic prison cell. He has no idea how he got there or why he would have been arrested. His only companion in his cell is an artificial intelligence keeper named Howard who provides food and drink while monitoring Frank to ensure he doesn’t attempt escape. While imprisoned, Frank slowly begins to remember the time just preceding his arrest. The problem is that the information changes each time he remembers.
Through Frank’s memories, the viewer slowly learns that his captors are a part of a government regime intent on controlling the masses. An underground alliance is intent on taking down that regime and it just might be possible that Frank is a member of that resistance.
These themes of government intrusion and violation of privacy are all too relevant today, and this brings Infinity Chamber perhaps a little too close to home.
Milloy’s script is tightly written, however, and keenly paced. He almost begs his viewers to solve this mystery offering different paths to the same ending over and over again. It becomes a game.
We saw this piece of information twice. Does that mean it’s real? This scene had sharper color. Is that significant?
One thing seems certain, however. The system is breaking down, and Frank’s quest for truth might actually mean the difference between life and death.
Christopher Soren Kelly’s performance as Frank is as strong as I’ve ever seen in this kind of role. Every emotion, every nuance comes flawlessly through the screen. We want him to escape. We want him to survive. But even more, we want him to find the truth.
Jesse D. Arrow voices the A.I. life support technology, Howard, in the most human way possible. Howard has a system of protocols he must follow, but Howard also has doubts. He stumbles and questions his purpose and grows sympathetic to Frank as he searches for the truth.
The film’s other stellar turn comes from Cassandra Clark as Gabby, the barista who served coffee and chatted with Frank just before his arrest. Gabby is smart and kind providing emotional support throughout Frank’s journey. She is the heart of this film and she plays the role beautifully.
This film is a must see for fans of a good science fiction thriller wrapped in mystery. There are no easy answers through most of the film and the final reveal even leaves a question or two for the viewer, but this is one journey that is unquestionably worth taking.