‘Orion’

This week in theatres is a film from writer/director Asiel Norton and Zyzak Films is a vision that takes us to Orion.

This film tells the story of a time of time in the future where things are dark and civilization is brutal. A man named Magus (Goran Kostic), a cannibal shaman holds a woman (Lily Cole) captive. People speak of someone to come and save them from the daily terrors they share.

All the woman can do now is pray for a savior. What she doesn’t expect is a hunter (David Arquette) finds the shaman’s dwellings. When Magus discovers the stranger the only thing that can save him is the wild girl (Maren Lord) releasing him from the chains and the hot sun!

The woman sees something in this stranger and offers to take him to where the last batch of survivors is living. But there is only one way this can happen, with a plot to take down Magus, a creature who may not even be truly human.

Kostic as Magus is actually quite frightening. Seeing what he is capable of on the big screen is even more so. His cannibalistic ways have helped him create the intense fear and keep people away. Believing he is powerful, having the woman gives him a greater sense that nothing can stop him. Kostic plays this role with grit, fierceness and the right amount of fear-factoring to keep the viewer a bit off balance.

Cole as the woman is stunningly beautiful which makes Magus’ cause understandable (not so much the other things however). She may be his prize and prisoner but she is also very smart and as the film continues it becomes clear who the power truly belongs to. Cole has the ability to draw attention because, in all seriousness, I wanted to see how she was going to pull it off. Well done!

Lord as the wild girl is swift, catches on and knows that there is something important happening. She doesn’t hesitate to help the hunter, and even when danger comes to her face to face, this young girl. I enjoyed watching Lord’s wild girl character progress to become a bit of a heroine herself.

Arquette as the hunter begins as a stumbling character unsure of what is happening, except that Magus is fairly brutal and doesn’t hesitate to filet or torture a person. With the help of both the woman and the wild girl, he recovers quickly and begins to understand that there is so much more happening here – perhaps a destiny?

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Orion” three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This film attempts to push the boundaries of storytelling by letting the characters develop within the influences of “Emma and Carl Jung on classical and medieval symbols”. “Orion” is a film that, with each viewing, allows more and more understanding of the vision this director is reaching for.

Director Norton says of his film that it is, “ORION is constructed as a dream myth. Elements of classical myth, genre and legend are used almost in a stream of consciousness form. To me, myths are collective dreams that reflect and guide culture. These dreams serve both pedagogical and mystical functions.”

The visual effects are stunning and add to the myth this writer is trying to present. There is a bit of the supernatural weaving in and out of the story telling. Swirling around these collective dreams is a churning soundtrack that will have the viewer jaw dropped and wide eyed.

“I wanted ‘Orion’ to work on many levels, as a genre entertainment, and hopefully as something new and beyond genre.  Though obviously the film is allegorical, it is, in a sense, autobiographic. I see it as a doorway into my own psyche. Hopefully, one individual psyche expressed through universal symbol connects the viewer to larger collective truths and the mystery of existence.”

In the end — the future is medieval.

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Jeri Jacquin

Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.