The emotional music and slow titles set the pace for the piece, slow, stagnant, melancholic. The stream of consciousness narration takes us through the drudgery of routine as we watch the main character carry out his. First, we see the character’s actions, then the narration follows soon after. This ask and answer phrasing makes us question his actions: *the main character knows he’s going to die, but changes nothing, caught in his own doldrum.
We as viewers have no grounding to follow the events. The opening shots establish the inconsistency of time in the narrator’s mind. Early on, we attach to the character in the room, and project the narrator’s thoughts onto the man’s form. This sets up the twist in the final section of the film.
Visually, the film drowns in crushing blue color tones. The color grading mimics off-white balance, like when you take a tungsten calibrated camera into daylight. The filmmakers achieved this effect by covering their light sources with blue sheets, then correcting for tone consistency. Convention dictates that morning scenes get red –tinged visuals. The cryptic blues foreshadows further other reversals within the film.
This piece has enough depth to be challenging, while remaining accessible to standard movie-goers. The narration and visual dichotomy combined create a refreshing and intellectual take on a dual character study. We give this an IRON REEL.