Review By Bears Rebecca Fonte
Just as she does to our narrator, Julia Watson (Lora Burke), anchors the entire film. The unsatisfied barfly seems desperate for connection in a world that is passing too fast for anything meaningful. Through her interactions with the various versions of our lead character, it is clear that there is something magical about the way our heart works. She really does connect with the soul, no matter what is on the outside. I can’t but help wonder what the film would have been like if told from this character’s perspective.
In fact, most of the potential of LIFECHANGER is unrealized. There hardly exists an obstacle in any time our narrator needs to take a body, and the obvious criminal investigation into the trail of bodies is nothing more than a minor inconvenience. However, the biggest opportunity forsaken is any investigation into what this condition is, and why he has it. This seems to be some sort of new mythology is that the director is inventing. Just because our narrator does not seem particularly interested in self-analysis, the audience doesn’t get to enjoy any of the details of how everything works. Why not try to find a cure? Why not take us back to how it started? Instead the film plays out almost as a series of vignettes with Julia as our sole constant. It’s almost as if the director had this great premise and then tried to horror-it-up, and, in doing so, lost sight of our narrator’s humanity, much in the same way the narrator himself has lost sight of his humanity. In the end, LIFECHANGER is certainly watchable, but only slightly memorable. Maybe this is a set up for a far more illuminating sequel.