by JG Hanks
At just over an hour long, S.I.N. Theory accomplished what many similar films struggle in doing: holding the viewers interest with a compelling story and characters without boring them with scientific information. The story involves Dr. Michael Leimann (Jeremy Larter), a disgraced mathematics professor, who successfully uses mathematical theory, coupled with sensitive personal information, to predict the future. Of course, information like this always leads to trouble.
The film throws us right into Dr. Leimann’s world, offers up glimpses on how his past relationship affects his psyche, as well as his current involvement with one of his students, Evelyn (Allison Dawn Doiron), as well as a hacker named X_CUT. Because of his newly developed “abilities” and the powerful information it provides, they are soon being watched by two mysterious men, presumably to steal the formula for their own nefarious means.
Without revealing too much of the plot and ruining the anticipation of viewing, I will say that the chemistry between Larter and Doiron is apparent from the first scene. Both of their performances are excellent and provide the depth needed to care about what happens to them, as well as to keep you watching to find out what happens next.
The cut scenes and flashbacks writer/director Richie Mitchell uses throughout the film add another level of mystery to an already compelling story. While watching, you can’t help but wonder what exactly is going on. What more can you ask for from a film like this? Kudos to everyone involved for making such an excellent end product with such a small budget.
Fans of Shane Carruth’s PRIMER, Darren Aronofsky’s PI, and Christopher Nolan’s FOLLOWING will undoubtedly love this film.