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Convergence

"I just don't understand," complains Christopher Lloyd toward the end of "Convergence," and it's a safe bet most of the audience will share the feeling. Describing itself as "an intelligent thriller," pic is so anxious not to sink to the usual schlock of the psychic-melodrama genre that it forgets to entertain. Lethargic and convoluted exposition will doom item to vid bins.

“I just don’t understand,” complains Christopher Lloyd toward the end of “Convergence,” and it’s a safe bet most of the audience will share the feeling. Describing itself as “an intelligent thriller,” pic is so anxious not to sink to the usual schlock of the psychic-melodrama genre that it forgets to entertain. Lethargic and convoluted exposition will doom item to vid bins.

Set in Seattle, story deals with a young journalist (Cynthia Preston) working with an experienced older hand (Lloyd) on a scandal sheet. While prepping a story on a mental-hospital inmate who can predict peoples’ deaths, the scribe experiences strange events related to a near-death experience she had years earlier. She dallies with a doctor (Adrian Paul) who also becomes involved in the mysterious convergence of past and present. In some ways a poor man’s “Fearless,” in that it deals with the delayed reaction of an air-crash survivor, the film is technically solid, but director Gavin Wilding takes far too long getting to the point and, at the maddening conclusion, a sense of bewilderment and frustration is the most likely audience response. Lloyd sleepwalks his way through; Preston screams prettily.

Convergence

(THRILLER -- CANADIAN)

  • Production: A White Rock Film presentation of a Rampage Prods. production. Produced by Diane Patrick O'Connor. Executive producer, Gavin Wilding. Directed, edited by Gavin Wilding. Screenplay, Wilding, Raul Inglis, John Fairley. Camera (color), Glen Winter; music, Mike Rheault; production designer, Steven Rinaldo. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (market), Feb. 14, 1999. Running time: 94 MIN.
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  • With: With: Christopher Lloyd, Cynthia Preston, Adrian Paul, Blu Mankuma, Rachel Hawward.
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