If someone were to tell you that a movie was extraordinary and that it would create a ripple effect that was planned to counteract the hurt and anger caused by the terrorism in our world and that it would show you people as people really are, you would expect something really fantastic to follow that statement, right? Surely no one would make such claims without being able to back them up, right? I sure thought so.
Indigo premiered last weekend in over 1,000 locations world-wide in a time format that was supposed to create a ripple effect of love, etc. In a fifteen minute, obviously scripted candid interview with the producers before the movie started, the audience is told how this movie was made with great integrity and how we should all be sure to share it with our friends and spread the word and the love about Indigo. I think spreading the word and spreading the love would not be the same thing in this case.
I am going to come right out and say it; no matter how good the intentions of the makers of this movie were, it is the worst movie I have ever seen in the theaters.
Indigo is a fictional story about a real group of children that are being learned about more each day. Indigo children are highly gifted and highly intelligent and are said to have psychic healing abilities. The Indigos, it is said, will heal our world. (I watched the X-Files devotedly for five years and I find this hard to believe.) The movie follows the story of one particular Indigo, Grace, as she travels with her troubled grandfather in an escape from a would-be kidnapping.
This movie would not be so bad if it were on the Lifetime Channel. Then it would fit in and I would not have to feel like I had to take it seriously. It had the distinct look and feel of an After School Special, but the producers assured us that this was an amazing film (if they did say so themselves). It is a shame that one of these producers was Stephen Simon who was behind such wonderful movies as What Dreams May Come, Somewhere in Time, and (yes) Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. What, Stephen, what were you thinking?
Indigo may have been interesting and worthwhile and press time if it had been made with a better script and better actors. The script was so cliché and so poorly written I could not believe what I was seeing. If I were behind the scenes I would have tried to use techniques like in the movie K-Pax that would treat the subject matter as mystical and interesting rather. After all, these kids get their name from the supposed blue color of their auras. That alone should have directed the movie down a more interesting and visually stimulating path.
Furthermore, if the producers wanted to show us “people as people are” they should have hired actors who could really act. I understand that this was an independent film, but you do not have to be a huge celebrity with a fat paycheck to be able to act.
The bottom line is this; if a movie is going to have as much hype around it (although it was underground hype) the studio has to have a great film to back itself up. Indigo is a glaring example of the product not meeting the claims.
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