When the world of teenagers went infinitely crazy after seeing Robert Pattinson in his matinee idol-style role in “Twilight”, others kept on asking themselves – “what the **** is going on?”. The producers sniffed out an opportunity of making big money and Twilight-like garbage was booming. What was the common point for all of that? Vampires. And here we come to “Spring” – a new indie by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. A feature, which some may call cliche, some may call magical – unfortunately, I’m out of both of these groups.
The so-called chain reaction burdens Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) a lot, when both of his parents die one after another, in just a few months. Stressful situation reaches its peak, when Evan loses control over himself after his mother’s funeral and, as a consequence, loses his job as well. The unfortunate series has to end and Evan decides to travel to other side of the world – his new home becomes a minute, touristic town in Italy. With plans to start his life again, Evan meets a mysterious dark-haired beauty, which hides a gruesome secret from the day of light.
No matter how hard the creators of “Spring” would try to blend romance and horror – those two genres just do not add up in this one. Neither are we enabled to fully dig into a crooked relationship between Evan and Louise, nor get the chills from her “other side”. “Spring” is somehow crafted in a manner reminscing “Splice” (2009), where fragile strand of emotional bond is weaven with a disgusting gore. Nevertheless, duo Benson & Moorhead takes a step forward and buys off the audience with sublime cinematography and a fresh approach to the genre. Still, it is a well-packed present, but rather empty inside.
The phylosophical mayhem, which appears in practically all of the discussions of Evan and Louise, is vastly devastating to the picture as well. Although Evan is a simple-minded guy from America, whose life has fallen apart, Louise’s disquisitions on the essence of existence are as shallow as a puddle. Her scathing manner of speaking would be a fantastic match to a more sophisticated, intelligent character, but Evan is painfully simple. Also the “americanized” perception of Europe is so stereotypical, that it’s just unbearable. Pucci is a bit transparent in his expressions and gives field to gorgeous Nadia Hilker, who’s just mezmerizing on the screen – unfortunately, they just don’t fit to each other.
No hard feelings in general, because “Spring” was not a complete waste of time. If you really wish to watch a mixture of romance and horror – fair enough, “Spring” is a better choice than an unquestionable classic of the genre, “Birdemic: Shock and Terror”… Nevertheless, let it be a sign, that filmmakers should really cut off this mysterious-primal-monster-hidden-in-a-beatiful-body stuff and dig into something different. Love is a power above all, but there are better ways to show it.
UMP Grade: 23/50
(Cinematography: 7, Plot: 4, Acting: 5, Soundtrack: 4, Quaintness: 3)