If I told you that there existed an upcoming drama/neo-noir/fantasy/horror genre mash-up film written and directed by A-list actor Ryan Gosling and starring Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, former Doctor Who Matt Smith, and The Lovely Bones’ Saoirse Ronan, would that be a thing that interested you? If it did, your next question would probably be “When will it hit theaters”? Surprisingly enough, the answer is never, at least for the majority of moviegoers.
The film described above actually does exist, and it’s called Lost River. The rather esoteric-sounding plot concerns a single mother who finds herself drawn into a shadowy underworld, all the while her teenage son discovers the existence of a hidden road leading to an underwater city containing creatures from beyond our understanding. The film is said to have a very ethereal, otherworldly quality to it, and serve as a sort of cross between a social statement and a fantasy/mystery story.
Warner’s decision to essentially dump the film to home release is likely based on the extremely negative critical reception Lost River received at the prestigious Cannes film festival earlier this year. The fact that the film’s oddball plot isn’t the easiest one to market probably factored into their decision to, but that’s just an educated guess on my part.
As a result, Lost River will receive only a minuscule theatrical bow in New York and Los Angeles before heading straight to DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD on the very same day in April. An exact date has yet to be announced. The film’s nearly incomprehensible teaser trailer is embedded below.